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Funds For Learning Presents E-rate Proposal to FCC

On March 19, 2013, Funds For Learning, its outside counsel, and Dr. Anthony D. Machado of Miami-Dade County Public Schools met with the Federal Communications Commission to discuss “the funding crisis that is threatening the E-rate program and the framework for a solution to it.” The discussion and analysis included:

how the absence of Priority Two funding is encouraging applicants to make certain Priority One purchasing decisions that make little or no sense, economically or otherwise;

the logical disconnect between the goal of ubiquitous 100 Mbps, let alone Gigabit, connectivity for schools and libraries and the absence of E-rate funding for the LAN infrastructure and upgrades that schools and libraries will need to use that kind of high-speed connectivity effectively or even at all;

the unique and much-too-easily-abused “blank check” character of the E-rate program, which, a decade ago, the USAC Task Force on the Prevention of Waste, Fraud and Abuse recommended be eliminated; and

a framework, based on the Task Force’s 2003 recommendation, to address the E-rate funding crisis.

Funds For Learning’s ex parte comment may be found at The PowerPoint presentation referenced in the meeting may be accessed at  

More information about the Funds For Learning Proposal may be found at

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