Established in 1996, the schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-rate program, helps ensure that schools and libraries obtain telecommunications and Internet access at affordable rates. There has been many updates and revisions over the years to improve the E-rate application process. Information provided here focuses on E-rate Modernization, the most recent efforts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that started in July 2013.
- Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, FCC (Adopted: December 11, 2014, Released: December 19, 2014)
- Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of modernizing the E-rate program for schools and libraries (July 11, 2014)
- Modernizing E-Rate, FCC (July 1, 2014)
- Joint Letter filed by ALA, PLA, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and the Urban Libraries Council. (July 7, 2014)
Two key issues: Lack of high-capacity broadband to libraries; Shortfall of the current proposed formula of $1.00 per square foot.
- ALA Formula Proposal (July 7, 2014)
A square footage funding fomula to support wifi in the library. ALA recommends the Commission adopt a $2.30/square foot formula and a $9,200 floor.
- FCC Commission voted in support of expanding wi-fi networks in schools and libraries. (July 11, 2014)
- Proposed E-Rate Modernization, Chairman Tom Wheeler, FCC (June 2014)
To bring high-speed wi-fi to every student and library.
- Access to the Underserved, Chairman Tom Wheeler, FCC (June 20, 2014)
Official FCC Blog, comments included.
- FCC Releases NPRM on Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries (July 19, 2013)