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E-Rate Modernization Workshop

9:30 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th St. SW, Washington DC 20554

The E-rate Modernization Workshop focused 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
Gary Rawson, Federal Programs Coordinator, Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services
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

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