On August 31, 2017, 12 Senators sent a letter to the FCC requesting more time to answer a Notice of Inquiry posted on Aug. 8. While the FCC typically does not grant extensions, they did so in this proceeding. The Commission also wants feedback regarding broadband deployment to schools and these are items tied to the E-rate program:
  • Using FCC Form 471 data for E-rate funding to calculate deployment data for schools. Should the Commission continue to also rely on third-party data sources in addition to, or instead of, the FCC Form 471 data? Are there other data sources we should consider?
  • We also seek comment on what level of broadband capacity schools need from their networks to effectively meet their educational needs. Has the demand for this capacity changed in recent years? If so, when and how?​​
 FCC Notice Extending the Deadline can be viewed here.
​The revised Comment Date: September 21, 2017
The revised Reply Comment Date: October 6, 2017