SHLB Praises FCC Elimination of E-rate Fiber Amortization Requirement
January 27, 2020


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
Communications Manager

Washington, D.C. (January 27, 2020) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition praised the Federal Communications Commission for eliminating the E-rate fiber amortization policy.

John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
“By removing the amortization requirement, the Commission demonstrates its commitment to connecting every school and library in the country to high-quality broadband. The FCC deserves great praise for working on a bipartisan basis to eliminate this outdated rule. The decision will encourage greater investment in fiber networks and promote enormous cost-savings for schools and libraries.”

The SHLB Coalition previously filed an ex parte and comments in the FCC’s WC Docket No. 19-2 and WC Docket No. 184 asking that the Commission waive and permanently eliminate the E-rate Program fiber amortization requirement. Visit to learn more about SHLB’s advocacy to improve broadband in our nation’s schools and libraries.


About SHLB:
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit

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