UPDATED: Call to Action: Support Dan Domenech Nomination to USAC Board

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This post was updated to reflect the support of additional national organizations.

AASA's Executive Director, Dan Domenech, is again up for nomination to the USAC Board (the body related to the FCC that oversees the E-Rate Program). You’ll recall this is a role he currently serves in, a nomination he received broad support from the field in both 2012 and 2013. 

He has once again been nominated for the seat that represents schools and libraries. Dan’s nomination comes with the support of AASA, along with that of AESA, NREA, NREAC, ASBO, AFT, CoSN, ISTE, NAESP, NAIS, NASBE, NCEA, NEA, National PTA, NASSP, ALA , and NSBA.

CALL TO ACTION: Individual school districts and state affiliates are submitting letters of support, as well, and we encourage you to do the same!

While we are confident in Dan being the final choice for the role he currently holds, we do now want to take anything for granted and would appreciate letters of support akin to those he has received in previous years. Please take a few moments--whether as an AASA member, superintendent, E-Rate supporter, or education stakeholder--to submit a letter of your own. This could be a numbers thing when it comes down to it, and we'd welcome support from the field.

What to do?

  • Letters must be filed by August 17.
  • Refer to AASA’s template nomination letter you can use as a starting point for your own letter.
  • In drafting your own letter, please copy verbatim the address block and subject line, including the docket number (96-45 and 97-21).
  • Feel free to borrow liberally from the letters provided, starting with that text and personalizing with appropriate letter head and changing organization names as necessary.
  • When it comes to filing, you have two options:
    • You can either file it as instructed in the FCC notice (see below) or email it to me (Noelle) and I can file it for you. Please email me your final letter (nellerson@aasa.org) no later than Aug. 15, with the subject line 'Please file ERate/USAC letter'.

How to File Comments with the FCC (LETTERS ARE DUE Aug 17.)  

  • Draft your letter. You can create your own or work from AASA’s template letter (see above).
  • 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: 97-21 and 96-45
  • Under the 'details' section, check the box marked 'Comment'
  • Complete the rest of the information on the form
  • Upload your letter at the bottom of the form.


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