On June 3, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the draft Eligible Services List (ESL) for Funding Year 2017. Comments to the draft ESL were due July 5, and a number of stakeholders provided comments to the Commission.
Funds For Learning suggested that the phase-down of support for voice service be suspended for FY2017, effectively retaining the 40% reduction that is in place for FY2016. FFL implored the Commission to initiate “further discussion regarding the phase-down of support for voice service,” and noted that the phase-down is creating financial hardships for schools across the country.
Other commenters suggested changes to the Eligible Services List, including the addition of advanced network security equipment, denial-of-service prevention, mobile data service to school buses, mobile data service for key school personnel, content filtering, and redundant connections.
Initial comments to the ESL may be accessed via the following links:
Funds For Learning https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/10701003447157/document/10701003447157f414
Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/10701263757026/document/10701263757026e6db