E-rate


SHLB E-rate

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.


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SHLB/SECA Joint Comments on E-rate Category 2
August 16, 2019
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Joint Comments to the FCC Regarding Texas Carriers' E-rate Petition
July 1, 2019
 

The SHLB Coalition joins the Consortium for School Networking, CSM Consulting, E-rate Central, Educational Professional Services, Pacific Northwest Gigapop, the Texas Association of School Administrators,  the Texas Association of School Boards, the Texas Association of School Business Officials, the Texas Computer Education Association, the Texas K-12 CTO Council, the Utah Education and Telehealth Network, and VST Services in asking the Commission to deny the Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Texas Carriers.

 

 

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Ex-Parte Submission to the FCC on Form 470 Drop-Down Menu
June 21, 2019
 

The SHLB Coalition expresses support for the May 7, 2019 Funds For Learning filing regarding the risk caused by confusion over the Form 470 drop-down menu. 

 

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Comments to the FCC on the E-rate Program Amortization Requirement
March 18, 2019
 

SHLB expresses support for the FCC's proposal to waive the E-rate program's amortization requirement.

 

 

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Joint Ex-Parte Letter with SECA, CoSN to FCC on E-rate Gift Rule Clarification
December 13, 2018
 

The SHLB Coalition, the State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance, and the Consortium for School Networking request the Wireline Competition Bureau's attention in addressing an issue of concern regarding the E-rate gift rule. 

 

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Comments to Office of Management and Budget on FCC Forms 470 and 471
November 2, 2018
 

To follow up on its Paperwork Reduction Act comments filed with the FCC on July 23, SHLB explains why its proposed changes to FCC Forms 470 and 471 merit further consideration.

 

 

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Ex-Parte Letter to FCC on E-rate Amortization Restrictions
October 30, 2018
 

The SHLB Coalition asks the FCC to continue to suspend the amortization requirement for special construction E-rate applications in FY2019 and thereafter.

 

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SHLB/SECA Joint Comments to the FCC on Forms 470 and 471
July 23, 2018
 

These comments describe recommendations from members of the SHLB Coalition and the State E-Rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA) to improve FCC Forms 470 and 471.

 

 

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SHLB Ex-Parte Letter to FCC on Drop-down Menu Difficulties
April 9, 2018
 

This letter concerns the problematic and inconsistent guidance concerning the drop-down menu and the FY 2018 approach for requesting competitive bids for various Internet access service options.

 

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SHLB Ex-Parte Letter to FCC on E-rate Fiber Experiences and Difficulties
January 26, 2018 
 

This letter discusses SHLB Members' experience with the processing of fiber special construction requests and offers seven specific recommendations to improve the processing of these complex applications.

 

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Organization Support Letter to FCC for High-Speed Broadband and Wi-Fi through E-rate Category 2 Services
November 8, 2017
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SHLB E-rate Category 2 Comments to FCC
October 23, 2017 
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Ex-Parte Letter to FCC on Special Construction Questions
April 27, 2017

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