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FCC Announces Agenda for May 6 E-rate Modernization Workshop

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Released: April 29, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 14-563

Released: April 29, 2014


WC Docket No. 13-184

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides an initial agenda and panelist
information for the E-rate Modernization Workshop scheduled for May 6, 2014 in the Commission
Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20554 (panel times and
participants subject to change
). The E-rate Modernization Workshop will focus on the important goal of
connecting all schools and libraries to high-capacity broadband networks, and effective strategies and
lessons learned in achieving the goal.


9:30 am – 9:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Chairman Tom Wheeler
Commissioner Ajit Pai

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Broadband-Enabled Opportunities for Schools and Libraries

A panel discussion with education and library leaders focused on the benefits of
connecting schools and libraries to high-capacity broadband, with real-world
examples of how broadband access is changing the nature of services being
provided within schools and libraries.

Introductory Remarks:

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Richard Culatta

, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department
of Education

Dr. Dallas Dance

, Superintendent, Baltimore County, MD Public Schools

Corinne Hill

, Executive Director, Chattanooga, TN Public Library

Ahniwake Rose

, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association

Dr. Eric Williams

, Superintendent, York County, VA Public Schools;
Superintendent, Loudoun County, VA Public Schools, effective July 1, 2014

Education and Library Technology Experts Roundtable

The remainder of the workshop will be a moderated roundtable discussion that
covers several topics related to ensuring that schools and libraries have
affordable access to 21st Century broadband.

Confirmed Roundtable Participants (subject to change)

Stacey Aldrich

, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries,
Pennsylvania Department of Education

Emily Almond,

Director, IT, Georgia Public Library Service

Keith Bockwoldt

, Director of Technology Services, Township High School
District 214, Arlington Heights, IL

Phil Emer,

Director of Technology Planning and Policy, Friday Institute for
Educational Innovation

Rick Everitt

, Program Coordinator for Technology Enhancement, Panhandle
Area Educational Consortium (FL)

Joe Freddoso

, President & CEO, MCNC

Jennifer Gardner

, Director, IT Finance & Subsidies, School District of
Philadelphia, PA

Will Goodman

, Director of Technology, Mountain Home School District, ID

David Leonard

, Director of Administration and Chief Technology Officer,
Boston Public Library

Jeff Letourneau

, Executive Director, NetworkMaine

Evan Marwell

, CEO, Education SuperHighway

Ed McKaveney

, Technology Director, Hampton Township School District, PA

Robert Swiggum

, Chief Information Officer, Georgia Department of Education
10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Expanding Access to Wi-Fi for Schools and Libraries

Participants will discuss upgrading local area networks to provide Wi-Fi
capable of handling 1:1 initiatives, increases in Wi-Fi demand, strategies
for ensuring cost-effective purchasing, and planning for the wireless
schools and libraries of the future.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

(lunch not provided)
1:00 pm – 1:05 pm

Remarks from Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

1:05 pm – 2:45 pm

Enabling the Lowest “E-rate” for Schools and Libraries

Participants will discuss different approaches to providing affordable
access to 21st Century broadband, including improving Internet access
and wide area network connectivity for school districts and library
systems, state research and education networks, regional and state
consortium purchasing, and state master contracts.


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Concluding Remarks
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Julie Veach

, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC

Jon Wilkins

, Managing Director, FCC
The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will
be limited to seating availability. The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the
meeting over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at Open captioning will be
provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon
request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you
if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be
accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).


- This Workshop is open to the public. All attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30
minutes prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process.


- To view the webcast, go to on the day of the event. Viewers may submit
questions by e-mail to and/or via Twitter at #ErateModernization.

Website –

Updates to the agenda, as well as panelist materials, will be available on the workshop’s
website at
For additional information about the workshop, please contact Charles Eberle at 202-418-2248, or
via e-mail at

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