New E- rate rules coming

On September 23, the FCC will release new E-rate rules based on the goals and objectives of the National Broadband Plan. The following is a general outline of the changes that will occur:

* The FCC will be launching a pilot program to support off-campus wireless Internet connectivity for mobile devices
* The FCC will allow E-rate participants to apply for funds to take advantage of unused fiber lines already in place
* The FCC will permanently codify the rule for schools to have the option to open up their doors after hours to allow the community to utilize their Internet connectivity
* The FCC will streamline the process and regulatory red tape

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