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FCC Releases NOI on National Broadband Deployment
On August 7, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Inquiry assessing the “availability of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans (including, in particular, elementary and secondary schools and classrooms.)” Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to release an annual report of the current state of broadband deployment. Read More
FCC Requests Further Paperwork Reduction Act Comments on FY 2016 Form 4718
On August 11, 2015, the FCC published a Notice in the Federal Register seeking comment from stakeholders in its "continuing effort to reduce the paperwork burden." Specifically, the FCC is seeking comment on:
A summary of the data to be collected on the FY2016 draft Form 471 can be found here.
Comments are due on October 13, 2015.
State E-Rate Coordinator
E-rate was created by the U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996 to ensure that schools and libraries, particularly those in low-income and rural areas, have affordable access to telecommunications, Internet services and related technology equipment. With the E-Rate Modernization Order, adopted July 11, 2014 (summary) and the Second E-Rate Modernization Order, adopted December 11, 2014 (summary), the focus shifted from telecommunications in general to broadband to the student in the classroom. The current cap on E-rate is $3.9 billion per year, with an additional $1 billion per year set aside for the Funding Year 15 and Funding Year 16 to provide for wireless in the classroom. Oklahoma currently receives about $49 million per year in E-rate subsidies, with about $25 million going to support Internet connectivity in schools and libraries.
OpenRange has partnered with Funds For Learning, a nationally recognized E-rate consulting firm, to provide Oklahoma schools and libraries with complimentary E-rate support services, including a help desk with real time assistance with common E-rate questions, live and prerecorded online E-rate training sessions and special news and information updates delivered via email. Use these services today.