ConnectEd and the E-rate Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking:
Q&A with FCC and ED
Lisa Hone, FCC
Richard Culatta, US Department ...
www.inacol.org
Welcome & Introductions
Susan Patrick
President & CEO, iNACOL
iNACOL/CCSSO E-rate Webinars:
to empower & inform education
advocates
July 25
• E-rate 101:
Basics for
Education
Advocates...
• New Learning Models
• Quality Assurance
• Policy
 Top Policy Issue: Ensure Full Access to
Broadband Internet Infrastruc...
Richard Culatta
Director,
Office of
Educational
Technology,
US Department
of Education
Peter Zamora
Director of
Government...
Questions for the panelists?
• Type them into the chat box to the right
• We will queue up questions to ask
www.inacol.org
Peter Zamora
Director of Federal Policy
Council of Chief State School
Officers
www.inacol.org
Richard Culatta
Director
Office of Educational Technology
US Department of Education
www.inacol.org
Lisa Hone
Deputy Division Chief,
Telecommunications Access Policy Division,
Wireline Competition Bureau,
Fe...
E-rate NPRM
August 20, 2013
11
E-Rate Background
• Created by Congress in the 1996 Telecommunications Act
- Commission implementation in 1997
- First ...
12
E-Rate Prioritization
• Eligible K-12 schools and libraries apply for discounts on:
- telecommunications services and t...
13
E-Rate Discount Matrix
• Applicant discounts for eligible services range from 20% to 90%
depending on poverty and geogr...
14
E-Rate Numbers
• E-rate program is capped by FCC rules at $2.25 billion per year
plus an annual inflation adjustment
- ...
15
E-Rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
• The FCC adopted an NPRM on Friday July 19, 2013
• Released on July 23, 20...
16
E-Rate NPRM Next Steps
• Input from stakeholders is crucial
- Comments due September 15, 2013
- Reply comments due Octo...
www.inacol.org
Questions & Answers
Please type questions in the chat box on
the left of the screen
www.inacol.org
Thank you!
Follow up questions about this webinar?
Contact:
Maria Worthen
Vice President for Federal & Stat...
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iNACOL 2013-08-20 ConnectED and E-Rate NPRM Q&A

  1. 1. ConnectEd and the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Q&A with FCC and ED Lisa Hone, FCC Richard Culatta, US Department of Education Susan Patrick, iNACOL Peter Zamora, Council of Chief State School Officers August 20, 2013, 4-5 pm ET
  2. 2. www.inacol.org Welcome & Introductions Susan Patrick President & CEO, iNACOL
  3. 3. iNACOL/CCSSO E-rate Webinars: to empower & inform education advocates July 25 • E-rate 101: Basics for Education Advocates August 6 • E-rate 2.0: Defining Drivers and Capacity Needs Today • ConnectED and E-rate: Q&A with FCC and ED officials Past webinars archived at: http://www.inacol.org/resources/inacol-webinars/
  4. 4. • New Learning Models • Quality Assurance • Policy  Top Policy Issue: Ensure Full Access to Broadband Internet Infrastructure Build out broadband connectivity with needs of digital content resources, and online assessments to enable student-centered, personalized, blended and online learning – accessible anytime, anywhere at school and at home. iNACOL Priorities
  5. 5. Richard Culatta Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education Peter Zamora Director of Government Affairs, CCSSO Lisa Hone Deputy Division Chief, Telecom- munications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission Panelists Susan Patrick President and CEO, iNACOL
  6. 6. Questions for the panelists? • Type them into the chat box to the right • We will queue up questions to ask
  7. 7. www.inacol.org Peter Zamora Director of Federal Policy Council of Chief State School Officers
  8. 8. www.inacol.org Richard Culatta Director Office of Educational Technology US Department of Education
  9. 9. www.inacol.org Lisa Hone Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  10. 10. E-rate NPRM August 20, 2013
  11. 11. 11 E-Rate Background • Created by Congress in the 1996 Telecommunications Act - Commission implementation in 1997 - First funding year in 1998 • Schools and libraries must seek competitive bids for services to be provided • Funding year runs from July 1 to June 30 • Schools and libraries must apply to the program every year • Application window closes in March
  12. 12. 12 E-Rate Prioritization • Eligible K-12 schools and libraries apply for discounts on: - telecommunications services and telecommunications - Internet access - internal connections - basic maintenance of internal connections • FCC rules require funding of telecommunications and Internet access (priority 1) before internal connections and basic maintenance of internal connections (priority 2)
  13. 13. 13 E-Rate Discount Matrix • Applicant discounts for eligible services range from 20% to 90% depending on poverty and geographic location Percentage of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch Discount for Urban Schools and Libraries Discount for Rural Schools and Libraries Less than 1% 20 25 1% to 19% 40 50 20% to 34% 50 60 35% to 49% 60 70 50% to 74% 80 80 75% to 100% 90 90
  14. 14. 14 E-Rate Numbers • E-rate program is capped by FCC rules at $2.25 billion per year plus an annual inflation adjustment - 2013 cap is $2.38 billion • 25,600 applicants in funding year 2012 - Representing 127,500 schools and libraries - More than half of the applicants are school districts • USAC received almost 47,000 applications • More than 4,100 service providers participate
  15. 15. 15 E-Rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) • The FCC adopted an NPRM on Friday July 19, 2013 • Released on July 23, 2013, available on the FCC’s website at: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/ db0723/FCC-13-100A1.pdf • 3 Proposed Goals (1) Ensuring schools and libraries have affordable access to 21st Century broadband that supports digital learning (2) Maximizing the cost effectiveness of E-rate funds (3) Streamlining the administration of the E-rate program
  16. 16. 16 E-Rate NPRM Next Steps • Input from stakeholders is crucial - Comments due September 15, 2013 - Reply comments due October 16, 2013 - Ex parte presentations must be disclosed in the record
  17. 17. www.inacol.org Questions & Answers Please type questions in the chat box on the left of the screen
  18. 18. www.inacol.org Thank you! Follow up questions about this webinar? Contact: Maria Worthen Vice President for Federal & State Policy, iNACOL mworthen@inacol.org
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