SHLB Cautions Against National Competitive Bidding Portal for E-rate
December 14, 2021


 

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Alicja Johnson
Communications Manager
ajohnson@shlb.org
(571) 308-6171

Washington, D.C. (December 14, 2021) - Today the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes a new national competitive bidding portal for conducting E-rate procurements. 

John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, made the following statement: 

“While we appreciate that the FCC has expanded the scope of the NPRM to reflect some of the questions SHLB and other stakeholders raised earlier this month, we remain worried about the direction of this proposal. The proposed national competitive bidding portal would burden E-rate applicants and service providers with an unnecessary ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. We encourage the FCC to examine alternative proposals to improve the program and especially to consider the impact on small schools and libraries and state and local procurement laws going forward.”

The SHLB Coalition previously expressed concerns about the NPRM in a letter sent on December 6, cosigned by the American Library Association, the Consortium for School Networking, Funds For Learning, the National School Boards Association, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, and the State E-rate Coordinators’ Alliance.

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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 www.shlb.org.



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