Oct. 15 Deadline: Sign-on Letter to FCC requesting permanent E-rate fund increase

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) recently sought additional comments (per a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, pg. 106)on the funding needs of the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries.

We encourage state-wide organizations, school districts, schools and others to join in by signing onto a letter (PDF version) demonstrating support for the E-rate program and our nation’s schools and public libraries.

The deadline to sign-on is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on October 15, 2014.

The time is now to demonstrate support for the Commission to act by making a permanent increase to E-rate funding. Since the program was established in 1998 and capped at $2.25 billion, E-rate funding has not been increased (aside from an annual inflationary adjustment starting in 2010). In a time when almost every single classroom and the majority of libraries in the nation have lower speed internet access than the average American home while serving multiple times more users per day, it is time to ensure all students and library patrons can access high speed broadband they need in their schools and public libraries to excel in school and beyond.

More than 75 national organizations (including education associations, companies, and many others) recently submitted the sameletter. The Commission must also hear from state and local entities, too!

To sign on:

  • Please complete this form identifying how you’d like your organization to be included on the letter to the Commission. Please also include your name, title and email address.
  • Widely circulate this email and sign-on letter with your partners and colleagues and urge them to sign on.

The deadline to sign-on is 12:00 p.m. on October 15, 2014.After the letter is filed with the Commission on October 15, a final letter will be distributed to all signators.

If you have any questions, etc., please do not hesitate to contact Noelle Ellerson (nellerson at aasa.org)

 


erate is vital to our small school system
Posted by: Dr. William Sroufe( Visit ) at 10/9/2014 10:53 PM


HR Director Mary C. O'Brien Accommodation District
Posted by: Shannon Henderson, at 10/13/2014 3:05 PM


Please help school districts like ours by increasing the E-rate funding. E-rate is a valuable source to our school district and something we heavily count on. Thank you.
Posted by: Tiffany Sinclair( Visit ) at 10/14/2014 11:53 AM


E-Rate is essential for the districts in rural Nevada. Many schools in Nevada are remote and do not have the funding to pay for connectivity. It is essential that this funding source continue so that rural Nevada students can have the same online learning opportunities that students across the nation enjoy.
Posted by: Dr. Sandra Shelodn( Visit ) at 10/14/2014 12:14 PM


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