E-rate Modernization Workshop (updated w/agenda)

E-rate Modernization Workshop

Federal Communications Commission
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:30am - 3:00pm
More info: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-563A1.pdf

The E-rate Modernization Workshop will provide an opportunity for the FCC and E-rate stakeholders to discuss the challenge of delivering high-speed connectivity to and within schools and libraries and highlight successful strategies.

9:30 am – 9:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Chairman Tom Wheeler
  • Commissioner Ajit Pai

9:45 am – 10:45 am Broadband-Enabled Opportunities for Schools and Libraries
A panel discussion with education and library leaders focused on the benefits of connecting schools and libraries to high-capacity broadband, with real-world examples of how broadband access is changing the nature of services being provided within schools and libraries.

Introductory Remarks:

  • Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
  • Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education


  • Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County, MD Public Schools
  • Corinne Hill, Executive Director, Chattanooga, TN Public Library
  • Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association
  • Dr. Eric Williams, Superintendent, York County, VA Public Schools;
  • Superintendent, Loudoun County, VA Public Schools, effective July 1, 2014

Education and Library Technology Experts Roundtable
The remainder of the workshop will be a moderated roundtable discussion that covers several topics related to ensuring that schools and libraries have affordable access to 21st Century broadband.

Confirmed Roundtable Participants (subject to change)

  • Stacey Aldrich, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Emily Almond, Director, IT, Georgia Public Library Service
  • Keith Bockwoldt, Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Phil Emer, Director of Technology Planning and Policy, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • Rick Everitt, Program Coordinator for Technology Enhancement, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (FL)
  • Joe Freddoso, President & CEO, MCNC
  • Jennifer Gardner, Director, IT Finance & Subsidies, School District of Philadelphia, PA
  • Will Goodman, Director of Technology, Mountain Home School District, ID
  • David Leonard, Director of Administration and Chief Technology Officer, Boston Public Library
  • Jeff Letourneau, Executive Director, NetworkMaine
  • Evan Marwell, CEO, Education SuperHighway
  • Ed McKaveney, Technology Director, Hampton Township School District, PA
  • Robert Swiggum, Chief Information Officer, Georgia Department of Education

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Expanding Access to Wi-Fi for Schools and Libraries
Participants will discuss upgrading local area networks to provide Wi-Fi capable of handling 1:1 initiatives, increases in Wi-Fi demand, strategies for ensuring cost-effective purchasing, and planning for the wireless schools and libraries of the future.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break (lunch not provided)

1:00 pm – 1:05 pm Remarks from Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

1:05 pm – 2:45 pm Enabling the Lowest “E-rate” for Schools and Libraries
Participants will discuss different approaches to providing affordable access to 21st Century broadband, including improving Internet access and wide area network connectivity for school districts and library systems, state research and education networks, regional and state
consortium purchasing, and state master contracts.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Concluding Remarks

  • Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
  • Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Jon Wilkins, Managing Director, FCC