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WC Docket No. 13-184 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E-Rate Modernization Proposal

The E-rate program (formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism) is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The intent of this program is to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications services, broadband Internet and internal network connections. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries can apply individually or as a part of a consortia. Discounts to support five categories of service, 1) telecommunications, 2) telecommunications services, 3) Internet access, 4) internal connections and 5) basic maintenance of internal communications, can be obtained based on eligibility level of poverty and location (i.e. urban or rural).
June 4, 2015

Impending FCC ruling on: Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

The long-standing battle over regulating the Internet may culminate in February as Chairman Tom Wheeler is likely to circulate an Open Internet Order on February 5th, with voting to take place on February 26th, 2015. The main issue in the net-neutrality debate is “whether the FCC will shift the authority through which it regulates Internet service providers from Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act (PL 104-104) to Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. The concept of Open Internet is often referred to as Net Neutrality and refers to the principle that consumers should have the ability to make their own choices about what applications and services they want to use. It is maintained that Open Internet spurs innovation and investment.
January 20, 2015