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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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Joint letter to the FCC requesting an extension of the gift rules waiver
July 16, 2021
 

SHLB joined with the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN), State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance (SECA) and the American Library Association (ALA) to request that the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau extend its waiver of gift rules for the E-rate and Rural Health Care programs through June 30, 2022 in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Letter to the FCC regarding extension of service delievery deadline
June 17, 2021
 

SHLB followed up with the FCC on its previously filed petition to extend the service delivery deadline for special construction projects with a deadline of June 30, 2021.

 

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Ex parte letter to the FCC regarding the Emergency Connectivity Fund
June 4, 2021
 

SHLB requested clarification on several outstanding questions about the implementation of the Emergency Connectivity Fund.

 

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SHLB ex parte to the FCC regarding the Emergency Connectivity Fund
May 6, 2021
 

SHLB met with the FCC to discuss establishing an Emergency Connectivity Fund that embraces the rapidly changing technological landscape.

 

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Remote Learning Coalition ex parte on establishing an Emergency Connectivity Fund
May 5, 2021
 

SHLB and the American Library Association, the Consortium for School Networking, Funds For Learning, the State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, and the Urban Libraries Council - collectively, the Remote Learning Coalition - made several recommendations for the Emergency Connectivity Fund.

 

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Request for waiver of the service delivery deadline
April 23, 2021
 

The SHLB Coalition requested that the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau extend 2021 deadlines for implementing special construction projects to June 30, 2022.

 

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Comments on establishing an Emergency Connectivity Fund
April 5, 2021
 

SHLB made several suggestions to the FCC on how best to implement the $7.171 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund created by the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

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Joint Ex Parte filing to the FCC re: Off-campus E-rate petition
March 17, 2021
 

The SHLB Coalition and the Open Technology Institute spoke with the FCC in support of their petition for schools and libraries to use E-rate funds to connect students off-campus.

 

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Ex Parte filing to the FCC re: Off-campus E-rate petition
February 9, 2021
 

SHLB spoke with the Wireline Competition Bureau regarding the E-rate Remote Learning Petition.

 

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Petition to the FCC for off-campus use of E-rate funding
January 26, 2021
 

The SHLB Coalition led several education advocates to petition for schools and libraries to use E-rate funds to connect students off-campus.

 

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Joint Ex Parte filing re: E-rate reform, broadband mapping, and the Rural Health Care program
January 15, 2021
 

SHLB and the Wireless Future Project at New America met with the offices of Commissioner Starks and Commissioner Rosenworcel to discuss the FCC's authority to allow greater flexibility to schools and libraries participating in the E-rate program.

 

 

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Letter to FCC asking that E-rate and Rural Health Care program participants be allowed to purchase additional bandwidth.
August 28, 2020
 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SHLB Coalition asks the FCC to allow schools and libraries to obtain E-rate support for the immediate bandwidth increases they need to handle the explosion of online learning. SHLB also asks the Commission to permit similar measures for Rural Health Care participants, who need support for the expansion of telehealth services.

 

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Joint Ex Parte filing re: E-rate and RHC gift rules, etc.
August 25, 2020
 

SHLB and the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance re-stated the request that the FCC extend the E-rate and Rural Health Care program gift rule. The filing also asks the Commission to make supplemental funding available for E-rate applicants to augment their existing internet capacity.

 

 

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Joint letter to FCC requesting gift waiver extension for E-rate and RHC programs
August 4, 2020
 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SHLB Coalition, the Consortium for School Networking, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association request that the FCC extend the special waiver allowing E-rate and Rural Health Care participants to accept gifts.

 

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Letter to Senate Commerce Leaders calling for $5.25B in E-rate funding
April 27, 2020
 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, SHLB urges Congress to provide $5.25 billion in supplemental E-rate funding for off-campus connections.

 

 

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Letter to House Commerce Leaders calling for $5.25B in E-rate funding
April 27, 2020
 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, SHLB urges Congress to provide $5.25 billion in supplemental E-rate funding for off-campus connections.

 

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Reply Comments in Support of E-rate Category Two Petitions for Reconsideration
April 20, 2020
 

The SHLB Coalition filed comments in support of petitions from the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA) and Infinity Communications and Consulting, regarding the E-rate Category Two Order. The SECA petition asks the FCC to reconsider and rescind the cost allocation requirement for shared equipment used by non-instructional facilities. The Infinity petition asks the Commission to reconsider and continue to allow schools to count part-time students in their calculations for Category Two budgets.

 

 

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Letter to FCC Chairman Praising Competitive Bidding Process for E-rate
January 14, 2020
 

Thanks to Chairman Pai's leadership, the E-rate competitive bidding process has enabled thousands of schools and libraries to save money on broadband services.

 

 

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Letter to the CPUC Regarding Draft Resolution T-17666
December 16, 2019
 

The SHLB Coalition expresses its opposition to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed Resolution T-17666. Shortening the time period to report on reimbursements from the California Teleconnect Fund could prevent anchor institutions from receiving proper reimbursement from the Fund.

 

 

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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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