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E-rate Inflation-Based Cap for Funding Year 2013

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Released: March 11, 2013

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DA 13-382

Released: March 11, 2013

WIRELINE COMPETITION BUREAU ANNOUNCES E-RATE INFLATION-BASED

CAP FOR FUNDING YEAR 2013

CC Docket No. 02-6

Pursuant to section 54.507(a) of the Commission’s rules,1 the Wireline Competition Bureau
announces that the E-rate program funding cap for funding year 2013 is $2,380,314,485.2 Section
54.507(a)(1) of the Commission’s rules requires an adjustment of the E-rate program’s annual cap based
on the gross domestic product chain-type price index (GPD-CPI) measure of inflation.3 The new cap
represents a 1.8% inflation-adjusted increase from funding year 2012’s cap of $2,338,786,577.4 The
Commission began indexing the annual funding cap to inflation in 2010 to allow the E-rate program to
keep pace with the changing telecommunications needs of schools and libraries.5
For further information, please contact James Bachtell, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202)
418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
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1 47 C.F.R. § 54.507(a).
2 The 2012 funding year runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The E-rate program is more formally known as
the schools and libraries universal service support program.
3 Schools And Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism: A National Broadband Plan For Our Future, CC
Docket No. 02-6, GN Docket No. 09-51, Order, 25 FCC Rcd 18762, 18782, para. 39 (2010) (E-rate Sixth Report and
Order
).
4 Id. at 18781, 18783, paras. 36, 40; National Income and Product Accounts Table, Bureau of Economic Analysis,
revised February 28, 2013, Table 1.1.4, at
http://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?ReqID=9&step=1#reqid=9&step=3&isuri=1&903=4 (last visited Mar. 11,
2013) (GPD-CPI table; based on gross domestic product of 113.369 in 2011 and 115.382 in 2012, we calculate an
increase of 1.8%).
5 E-rate Sixth Report and Order, 25 FCC Rcd at 18781, para. 36.

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