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E-rate changes promote broadband
The Federal Communications
has released the longanticipated
which lays out the
agency’s plan to promote
affordable broadband access.
While the plan affects a number of
government programs, some of its
most sweeping changes involve
the current E-rate program.
The most significant announcement
for E-rate participants is that
the funding cap will be indexed
to general economy inflation in an
effort to stifle depreciation and
increase the number of applicants
vying for Priority 2 funding for internal
connection projects. The commission
is also allowing applicants
to open up E-rate–funded services
to the community for after-hours
use so long as it does not interfere
with educational purposes.
For more information on the
E-rate program, visit www.fundsforlearning.com.