FCC Seeks Additional Comment on E-rate Modernization

Author: Public Notice
Coverage Type: public notice
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission seeks focused comment on three issues raised in the E-rate Modernization proceeding that merit further inquiry as the FCC moves towards modernizing the E-rate program to meet schools’ and libraries’ broadband connectivity needs.

The issues are:

  1. how best to focus E-rate funds on high-capacity broadband, especially high-speed Wi-Fi and internal connections;
  2. whether and how the FCC should begin to phase down or phase out support for traditional voice services in order to focus more funding on broadband; and
  3. whether there are demonstration projects or experiments that the Commission should authorize as part of the E-rate program that would help the FCC test new, innovative ways to maximize cost-effective purchasing in the E-rate program.

The FCC is asking for comment by April 7, 2014 and reply comments by April 21, 2014.

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