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  • Third Report and Order: The Commission adopts the Third Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today, the FCC is seeking to make the administration of the schools and libraries program as straightforward as possible for participants, while also ensuring the continued integrity of the program by strengthening the procedural safeguards. The measures adopted today include: 1. Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse – Prohibits the transfer of equipment that has been purchased with universal service discounts to other locations for three years after purchase, with limited exceptions. 1. Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse – Prohibits the transfer of equipment that has been purchased with universal service discounts to other locations for three years after purchase, with limited exceptions2. Simplifying Program Administration – Creates a more formal and transparent process for updating annually the list of services eligible for support.3. Ensuring Equitable Distribution of Funds – Limits support for upgrading or replacing internal connections to no more than twice every five years, but exempts basic maintenance services from this restriction. In the Second Further Notice adopted, the FCC will be seeking comment on changing the current discount matrix used to determine the level of discounts for which applicants are eligible, and additional measures to further prevent waste, fraud and abuse, including whether to adopt 1) a ceiling on the total funding an applicant can request on an annual basis; 2) strengthened requirements for technology plans; and, 3) additional record keeping requirements. (FCC 03-323).Released on 12/23/03. FCC 03-323, CC 02-6.
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  • Order: The Commission finds that the facts presented by the application of the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School District for discounts under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism do not justify a denial of funding based on the Commission’s Ysleta decision (FCC 03-313).Released on 12/8/03. FCC 03-314, CC 96-45 and 97-21.
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  • Order: The Commission finds that Yselta Independent School District and other similarly-situated schools that contracted with International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM) as their service provider in Funding Year 2002 engaged in various practices that violated its competitive bidding rules under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. The Commission also concluded, however, that the circumstances of these applicants justified a waiver of the filing window requirements so that the applicants could re-bid on the requested services. Released on 12/8/03. FCC 03-313, CC 96-45 and 97-21.
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  • Order: The Commission directs the SLD of USAC to review and process the E-rate applications of the Puerto Rico DOE for FY 01 and 02. The authority is conditioned upon USAC's first engaging an independent auditor to examine PRDOE's compliance with the Commission's rules for FY 01 and 02. Released on 11/25/03. FCC 03-294, CC 02-6.
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  • Order: The Commission released the attached Order that affirms the Bureau’s conclusion that, for purposes of the schools and libraries program, Centrex service is not a “basic voice telephone service” and therefore the applicant was not entitled to a separate necessary resources review for its funding request for Centrex in Funding Year 1998. Released on 10/24/03. FCC 03-260, CC 02-6.
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  • Public Notice: The Wireline Competition Bureau released the attached Public Notice announcing the August 14, 2003 approval by OMB of the revised FCC Forms 486 and 479. In addition, the Public Notice announces the effective date of the Second CIPA Order as August 14, 2003. The Second CIPA Order, released on July 24, 2003, lifts the suspension of enforcement of the Children's Information Protection Act as applied to libraries in compliance with the recent Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. American Library Ass'n. Released on 8/19/03. DA 03-2690, CC 96-45.
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  • Letter: Grants the joint request of FEMA and the American Samoan Dept of Education (DOE) to allow FEMA to use the DOE's T1 line to process emergency assistance applications on an interim basis. FEMA will reimburse USAC for it's temporary use of the services. Released on 8/4/03. DA 03-2556, CC 96-45.
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  • Order: Adopts measures to ensure that our implementation of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) complies with the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court. Released on 7/24/03. FCC 03-188, CC 96-45.
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  • Order: Grants, inpart, Tennessee's request by modifying the Good Samaritan policy. Released on 7/2/03. FCC 03-161, CC 96-45 and 97-21.
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  • Public Notice: Status of CIPA Filtering Rules for Libraries Following Supreme Court Decision.Released on 6/30/03. DA 03-2117, CC 96-45.
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  • Order: The Commission released the Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 03-101) regarding the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. The Order implements various streamlining measures, such as making voice mail an eligible service, clarifying the definition of "educational purposes," and debarring from the program applicants, service providers, and others that defraud the program. The FNPRM seeks comment on further improvements to the program.Released on 4/29/03. FCC 03-101, CC 02-6.
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  • Public Notice: Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on a Petition by the State of Tennessee to change its service provider for Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism Funding Year 2002.Released on 4/21/03. DA 03-1186, CC 96-45 and 97-21.
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  • Public Notice: Implementation of Interim Filing Procedures for Filings of Requests for Review/Federal-State Joint Board on Universal ServiceDeemed request for review as timely filed with the Commission, and granted other petitioners a 60-day opportunity to resubmit their pleadings electronically. Released on 1/7/03. FCC 02-339, CC 96-45.
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