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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
President Announces New Broadband Initiative
On July 15, 2015, President Obama announced a new pilot program called ConnectHome. The federal government, along with specific localities and the private sector plan on expanding the availability of high speed broadband to more communities. The pilot program will focus on 27 cities and one tribal nation, with an initial reach of 275,000 low-income households.07/17/2015
FY2015 Category 1: A Sea of Small Applications
In Funding Year 2015, over 50% of the applicants requesting Category 1 funds requested a total of $20,000 or less...07/10/2015
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.