Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on July 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm ET to discuss E-rate 2.0. Senator Rockefeller would like to see the E-rate program strengthened, stating, “We’ve got to bring the promise of next-generation broadband connectivity to more schools and libraries and begin to level the playing field for more of our children.” He also said that he was eager to hear from witnesses on how on to work together to give students a bright, attainable future.

The E-rate hearing will be webcast live on the Senate Commerce Committee website. The Witness Panel 1 are as follows:

  • Dr. Sheryl R. Abshire
    Chief Technology Officer
    Calcasieu Parish School System, Louisiana
  • Ms. Linda H. Lord
    State Librarian
    Maine State Library
  • Mr. Patrick Finn
    Senior Vice President, U.S. Public Sector
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Mr. James G. Coulter
    TPG Capital

Please note, the FCC will be holding an open hearing on July 19 and may release potential new E-rate rules for stakeholders to comment on.  The hearing will be webcast on the FCC website.