Congress authorized the E-rate program as part of the 1996 Telecommunication Act. The FCC created the program to increase access to advanced telecommunications and information services for schools and libraries. Eligible participants include public and most non-profit K-12 schools as well as all public and many private libraries. All program participants must carry out a competitive bidding process to select the most cost-effective companies to provide the goods and/or services requested. Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served and range from 20 percent to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services.
The SHLB Coalition has consistently supported reforms to the E-rate program that shift the focus to high-capacity broadband connections. Several studies document that schools and libraries do not have the affordable, high-capacity broadband connections they need to ensure that students develop technological skills and library patrons can obtain access to essential Internet-based services. We support greater funding for the E-rate program, an increased focus on capital investment, emphasis on affordable rates, increased use of consortia, and giving schools and libraries more options for their broadband services.
SHLB Documents on E-rate Modernization Reform 2013-Current
|April 27, 2017||SHLB E-rate Fiber Letter to USAC|
|January 27, 2017||FCC E-rate Progress Report (retracted Feb. 3)|
|November 3, 2016||SHLB, NDIA, GLN, Kellogg & Sovereign, and Mobile Beacon
Comments on Petitions Regarding Off-Campus Use of E-rate Supported Connectivity
|October 3, 2016||E-rate Success Stories Provided by SHLB Members|
|July 15, 2015||SHLB Eligible Services List Ex Parte Filing|
|November 3, 2014||SHLB Reply Comments on Redefinition of Rural|
|October 17, 2014|
|September 15, 2014||SHLB E-rate Comments|
|July 11, 2014|
|April 7, 2014||SHLB E-rate Comments|
|January 25, 2014||SHLB Ex Parte Meeting with Michael Steffen and Patrick Halley|
|December 5, 2013||SHLB Ex Parte Meeting with Wireline Competition Bureau|
|November 8, 2013||SHLB E-rate Reply Comments|
|September 16, 2013||SHLB E-rate Reform Initial Comments|
SHLB Documents on E-rate Reform 2010-2011
|September 24, 2010||SHLB Ex Parte Phone Calls with FCC Staff|
|September 16, 2010||SHLB Ex Parte Meeting with FCC General Counsel|
|September 10, 2010||SHLB Ex Parte Phone Call with Carol Mattey|
|September 10, 2010||SHLB Ex Parte Meeting with Angela Kronenberg|
|September 9, 2010||SHLB E-rate Comments|
|August 27, 2010||SHLB Ex Parte Meeting with with Wireline Competition Bureau|
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