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FCC Approves AT&T Acquisition of DIRECTV
On July 24, 2015, the FCC approved the merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. The approval of the merger has a number of requirements and restrictions, one of which requires AT&T-DIRECTV to offer gigabit service to any E-rate eligible school or library located in areas where AT&T-DIRECTV deploys Fiber to the Premises (FTTP.)07/29/2015
USAC Schools & Libraries Meeting Notes: July 27, 2015
On July 27, 2015, the USAC Schools & Libraries Committee held their quarterly board meeting. In the session, the Committee reported that the new target date to issue commitments for all "workable" FY2015 applications is now September 24th, and that approximately $400 million is currently available for rollover into future years.07/29/2015
Application Trends: Low-Cost Internet Bidding Exemption
In the FCC’s Seventh Report and Order, the Commission established a new exemption to the E-rate program’s long-standing requirement that all services be bid via FCC Form 470. In cases where “commercially available” business-class broadband Internet services are...07/24/2015
USAC Schools and Libraries Board Meeting Agenda
The USAC Schools and Libraries Committee holds quarterly meetings to provide policy guidance to the SLD on a variety of E-rate topics. The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for July 27, 2015.07/22/2015
Fast Facts: FY2015 Category 2 Budget Utilization
In Funding Year 2015, applicants were subject to E-rate funding caps for the first time in program history. An analysis of FY2015 requests shows that just over 6% of applicant sites requested the full five-year cap amount, while almost 70% of eligible...07/17/2015
What is the E-rate?
The E-rate supports K-12 students and library patrons in the United States. The program provides discounts up to 90% on goods and services essential for classrooms and libraries to receive voice, video, and data communications.