FCC Announces E-rate 2.0 Workshop

The FFC will hold an E-rate modernization workshop on May 6, 2014. The free workshop will “discuss the challenge of delivering high-speed connectivity to and within schools and libraries and highlight successful strategies…” The event will be held at the FCC in Washington, D.C. and is open to the public. A free, live-stream of the event will be available at: http://www.fcc.gov/live.

E-rate advocate John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning, will participate in workshop and discuss modifications to the program. Proposed E-rate changes include: 1) Restoring discounts for on-campus broadband connectivity, and doing so in an equitable manner for all eligible schools and libraries; 2) A one-time targeted surge of support for schools and libraries that lag behind in broadband connectivity to their facilities; and 3) A reduction, or lower prioritization, of support for analog telephone services.