E-rate changes promote broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the long anticipated National Broadband Orders, laying out the FCC’s plan to promote affordable broadband access. While the plan affects a number of different 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 connections projects. The Commission also is allowing applicants to open up E-rate funded services to the community for after-hour use, so long as it does not interfere with educational purposes.

For up-to-date information on the National Broadband Orders and the implications for the E-rate program, visit www.fundsforlearning.com.