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Groups Support Rural Fiber Options

On May 30, 2019, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on a Texas Carriers’ Petition to prohibit use of E-rate Funds to build fiber networks in areas where fiber networks already exist. Funds For Learning submitted reply comments opposing the Texas Carriers’ Petition and argue that “….the Texas Carriers’ petition and the service provider commenters in support of it give the impression that no one in this group wants to compete for business. Since they have already received money from a USF fund to help build their fiber networks, the Texas Carriers’ argument goes, the FCC should not permit anyone else to provide fiber connectivity to a customer within their reach – even if that someone else can do it better and for lower cost – no matter the quality of the Texas Carriers’ respective connections and the speed and long-term cost of their service…”
Comments from organizations that oppose proposal to limit competition for fiber networks:
  • The Funds For Learning Reply Comments can be found here.       
  • EducationSuperhighway Reply Comments can be found here.
  • E-rate Management Professionals Association Reply Comments can be found here.
  • Region 10 Education Service Center Reply Comments can be found here.
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Reply Comments can be found here.
  • Uniti Fiber Reply Comments can be found here.
  • SHLB Exparte on Overbuilding can be found here.
The Texas Carriers Overbuilding Petition to FCC can be found here.
The FCC Overbuilding Public Notice can be viewed here.
The Reply Comment Deadline was July 16, 2019.
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