E-Rate Call to Action: Support the Funding Cap Increase

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Last week, FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler announced his proposal to raise the E-Rate funding cap by $1.5 billion. AASA strongly supports this proposal, issuing a press release and signing two coalition letters, one with a broad group of E-Rate stakeholders and one representing rural communities and schools.

I have prepared a template letter you can use to facilitate this call to action.

There are two steps you can take to help ensure the proposal becomes reality:

  1. Inundate the FCC with voices from the field. We are urging all AASA members to weigh in in support of the proposed funding cap increase. All comments are due by December 5. I have drafted a template response you can download and personalize. Add you district logo/header to the top, modify the date, insert proper name/title/address and use the template as a starting place for telling your story.
  2. Make sure your Congressional delegation knows you support the proposed increase. While this is a decision outside of Congressional authority, it is a decision that Congressmembers will weigh in on. Our goal is to ensure that Congress understands what E-Rate means to the nation's schools and the critical nature these additional dollars play in ensuring the E-Rate program is successful AND sustainable. You can either forward the comments you send to the FCC to your Senators and Representative (feel free to ask for the proper point of contact!) or you can further personalize your FCC letter and send that to your delegation.

How to File Comments with the FCC

COMMENTS ARE DUE Dec 5

  • Draft your response comments. You can create your own comments or work from AASA’s template letter.
  • Go to www.fcc.gov/ecfs
  • Choose “Submit A Filing” and you will be taken to an online submittal form
  • For the Proceeding Number, use all of the following proceeding numbers: 13-184
  • Under the 'details' section, check the box marked 'Exparte Presentation'
  • Complete the rest of the information on the form
  • Upload your comments at the bottom of the form.
  • If you are pressed for time or need help submitting the comments, I can submit them on your behalf. Please email me your final comments (nellerson@aasa.org) no later than Dec 1, with the subject line Please file E-Rate comments.

Share Your Letter with Your Congressional Delegation: Contact a member of the advocacy team with any questions about who to contact when you share your FCC filing with the hill.

--Written by Noelle Ellerson


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