In a series of meetings with FCC E-rate staff, representatives from a number of education industry groups urged the FCC to implement new Category Two rules “as soon as possible in order to afford applicants sufficient time to plan and make decisions regarding the next E-Rate application cycle.”
 
In addition to requesting an expedited decision, the groups expressed support for permanent C2 budgets, increasing the funding cap calculation factor, calculating budgets on a district-wide basis, implementing fixed five-year budget cycles, and adding network security products to the program’s Eligible Services List.
 
Groups represented in the meetings included:
  • AASA, The School Superintendents Organization 
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • National Education Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • National Catholic Educational Association
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Consortium for School Networking
  • Educational Technology Directors Association
  • American Library Association
Ex parte filings regarding the meetings may be viewed on the FCC’s website at the following addresses:
 
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/1091604462478
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/109182195002563