FCC aims to simplify e-Rate, expand funding

To ensure that more eligible schools and libraries receive e-Rate discounts on Priority Two services (the wiring, routers, switches, file servers, and other equipment necessary to bring internet access into classrooms), the FCC seeks comment on whether to establish a flat cap on funding per student, per district, for each funding year.

For example, if the cap were set at $15 per student, a school district that has 100,000 students would have a cap of $1.5 million in yearly funding for internal connections.

The agency also seeks comment on eliminating the 2-in-5 rule, which allows schools to receive funding for internal connections no more than twice in a five-year period.

Schools and libraries will have 30 days to comment on the FCC’s proposal once it appears in the Federal Register, and they’ll have 45 days from this date to submit replies to the comments of others.


FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (PDF)

Dennis Pierce

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