Weigh In on E-Rate Modernization

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced an additional comment period concerning Proposed Rulemaking for the E-rate program.  NAESP is collecting data and comments concerning E-rate priorities and the variety of technology needs facing schools through a survey. Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire!

The FCC is soliciting comments on a number of key points for public comment related to Priority 2 services. The notice follows a broader blueprint put forward by the FCC last year for rebuilding the program, which provides schools and libraries with discounts on telecommunications services.  The FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, has pledged that the agency will take a series of steps to revise the program (E-rate 2.0), including shifting existing (note: not new) money to pay an additional $2 billion over two years for school and library broadband upgrades.

As noticed in NAESP's statement on the proposal, our national partner is encouraged by the plan, but has several concerns about the adjustment of existing funds to meet demands in schools and libraries. NAESP believes that $2 billion is insufficient to cover the extent of needs related to internal connections, as well as keep pace with outstanding Priority 1 demands.  Please help NAESP better understand your needs by completing a brief survey by April 2.