Schools & Libraries Universal Service Support
In this docket, the FCC initiates a series of proceedings to implement the vision and goal of improving and modernizing the universal service programs. Upgrading the E-rate program (more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism), the second largest component of USF, represents a significant initiative to meet that goal.
With more than a decade of experience with the current E-rate program and a national imperative to maximize the utilization of broadband, it is time to re-examine what is working well and what can be improved in the current program. This docket also seeks comment on several potential reforms that would cut red tape by eliminating rules that have not effectively served their intended purpose, while continuing to protect against waste, fraud, and abuse.
Since its inception 12 years ago, the E-rate program has been extremely successful in enabling virtually all schools and libraries to provide telecommunications services and Internet access to students and communities across America. But there is more to be done to ensure that this program helps our children and communities prepare for the high-skilled jobs of the future and take advantage of the modern communications era.