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E-Rate - Schools & Libraries USF Program 2009 Headlines

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Date
Description FCC/DA#
12/2/09 E-rate Funding Year 2010 Eligible Services List and Seeks Further Comment on Eligible Services: The report and order releases the Funding Year 2010 E-rate Eligible Service List, concluding that interconnected VoIP service is eligible and should continue to receive E-rate program funding. Additionally, the report and order clarifies the E-rate program eligibility of text messaging, video on-demand servers, ethernet, web hosting, wireless LAN controllers, VoIP-related services and requirements, and virtualization software. The report and order also clarifies that telephone broadcast messaging, unbundled warranties, power distribution units, softphones, interactive white boards and e-mail archiving are ineligible for universal service funding. The further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) tentatively concludes that firewall services, anti-virus/anti-spam software, scheduling services, web hosting, and wireless Internet access applications should not be eligible for E-rate funding. It also seeks comment on the tentative conclusion that eligible products and services should be listed in the ESL as opposed to being individually listed in the rules, and that USAC should be required to submit any proposed changes to the ESL to the Commission by March 30 of each year, instead of June 30, as currently required. The FNPRM also seeks comment on eliminating the requirement that the ESL be released by public notice. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and reply comments are due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. FCC 09-105
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Word | Acrobat
Eligible Services List: Word | Acrobat
11/5/09 Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: This notice of proposed rulemaking proposes revising the Commission’s rules for the E-rate program to comply with the requirements of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act added a new certification requirement for elementary and secondary schools that have computers with Internet access and receive discounts under the E-rate program. The notice of proposed rulemaking also proposes to revise related Commission rules to reflect existing statutory language more accurately. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and reply comments are due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. FCC 09-96
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Word | Acrobat
11/3/09 Education, Erate and Broadband Issues Public Notice: Comment Sought on Broadband Needs in Education, Including Changes to E-rate Program to Improve Broadband Deployment. Comments are due November 20, 2009 and reply comments are due December 11, 2009. DA 09-2376
Public Notice: Word | Acrobat
10/21/09 Lazo Technologies, Inc.: Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) seeks comment on a petition filed by Lazo Technologies for reconsideration of a WCB E-rate order (DA 09-1797). DA 09-2250
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/21/09 Integrity Communications, LTD.: Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) seeks comment on a petition filed by Integrity Communications for reconsideration of a WCB E-rate order (DA 09-1946). DA 09-2249
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency, Tawas City, MI: The Division denies appeals of decisions by USAC by an applicant failing to pay the full non-discounted portion of the services received from its service provider and allowing its chosen service provider to act as a consultant during the competitive bidding process, both in violation of Commission rules. DA 09-2248
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Hancock County School District, New Cumberland, WV, et al.: The Division denies 7 appeals of USAC decisions denying E-rate funding on the grounds that the applicants sought discounts on telecommunications from non-eligible telecommunications carriers, in violation of Commission rules. DA 09-2247
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Hemet Unified School District, Hemet, CA: The Division grants an appeal of a USAC decision to deny a request for E-rate funding based on a late-filed request for an extension of the deadline for implementation of services. DA 09-2246
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Exigent Technologies, Parsippany, NJ: The Division denies an appeal of a USAC decision to seek recovery of E-rate funds. Exigent admitted to multiple violations of the rules, including improper service provider involvement in the competitive bidding process and failure to require applicants to pay the non-discounted portion of the price of services and equipment. DA 09-2245
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA, et al.: The Division denies 3 appeals of USAC decisions denying E-rate funding on the grounds that the applicants requested support for dormitory or residence rooms and for pre-K programs, neither of which was eligible for support. DA 09-2244
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV, et al.: The Division denies 3 appeals of USAC decisions denying E-rate funding for funding years 2004-2008 on the grounds that the applicants requested ineligible services. Specifically, the applicants sought funding for dark fiber service after funding year 2003, when dark fiber was no longer eligible for support. DA 09-2243
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Amy Biehl Charter High School, Albuquerque, NM, and Weld Library District, Greely, CO: The Division denies 2 requests for waiver of certain E-rate competitive bidding rules. The Division denies one request for waiver of the rule requiring the filing of an FCC Form 470 prior to entering into an agreement for services and another request for waiver of all E-rate filing deadlines. DA 09-2242
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Keyport School District, Keyport, NJ: The Division grants an appeal of a USAC decision to deny a request for E-rate funding based on USAC’s assessment that the applicant violated the Commission’s competitive bidding rules. DA 09-2241
Order: Word | Acrobat
10/20/09 Hazelwood School District, Florissant, MO: The Division grants an appeal of a USAC decision to modify a request for E-rate funding based on USAC’s assessment that the services requested did not qualify as eligible services. DA 09-2240
Order: Word | Acrobat
8/28/09 Integrity Communications, Ltd. Corpus Christi, TX: In this order, the Bureau denies the request for review of Integrity Communications, Ltd. (Integrity), finding that USAC acted consistent with its policies in requiring Integrity to file a compliance plan and suspending funding. DA 09-1946
Order: Word | Acrobat
8/17/09 Howe Independent School District 67, Howe, Oklahoma: Telecommunications Access Policy Division denies an appeal of a USAC decision that rescinded E-rate funding already committed to the Howe Independent School District 67 (Howe ISD) for discounted services for funding year 2004. The order finds that Howe ISD requested ineligible services and directs USAC to continue its commitment adjustment recovery actions regarding this matter. DA 09-1822
Order: Word | Acrobat
8/12/09 Lazo Technologies, Inc., et al.: The Wireline Competition Bureau denies a request for review filed by Lazo Technologies, Inc., Hill Professional Services, and Advanced Technology Solutions South (collectively, petitioners) of a decision by USAC denying payment for work performed by the petitioners for the Dallas Independent School District under the E-rate program after concluding that the underlying contract for E-rate services violated the Commission’s competitive bidding requirements and program rules. The Bureau affirms USAC’s decision and finds that USAC properly denied the petitioners’ request for payments. DA 09-1797
Order: Word | Acrobat
7/31/09 Carryover of Unused Federal Universal Funds For Funding Year 2009: In this order, the Bureau announces that $900 million in prior unused E-rate funds will be carried forward to increase disbursements to schools and libraries in Funding Year 2009. DA 09-1734
Order: Word | Acrobat
7/21/09 Minford Local Schools, Minford, OH: In this order, we grant the request for waiver of Minford Local Schools (Minford) of the FCC Form 471 application filing window deadline for funding year 2008 under the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program. DA 09-1567
Order: Word | Acrobat
6/2/09 WCB Seeks Comment on Proposed Funding Year 2010 E-rate Eligible Services List. DA 09-1233
Public Notice: Word |Acrobat
5/12/09 Judy Green: The Commission debar Judy Green from all activities associated with the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism. FCC 09-37
Notice of Debarment: Word | Acrobat
4/14/09 Albert Lea Area Schools, Albert Lea, Minnesota, et al.: The Telecommunications Access Policy Division grants 39 appeals and denies 31 appeals of decisions by the Universal Service Administrative Company denying requests for funding under the schools and libraries universal service mechanism for funding years 1999 through 2008 due to the applicant's failure to comply with the Commission's 28-day competitive bidding requirement. DA 09-825
Order: Word | Acrobat
4/2/09 Schools and Libraries, Letter Approving Funding Year 2009 PIA Procedures: In this letter, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) notifies the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that the Bureau has approved the Schools and Libraries Funding Year 2009 Program Integrity Assurance FCC Form 471 Review procedures. DA 09-762
Letter: Word | Acrobat
1/16/09 Schools and Libraries Program, "Table C" recovery issues: Responded to the outstanding policy issues regarding recovery of funds in the schools and libraries universal service program, also known as the E-rate program, on which USAC has sought formal guidance from the Commission. DA 09-86
Letter: Word | Acrobat

 

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