On July 23, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) culminated a year-long rulemaking process by issuing a Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries (the Modernization Order).
The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) has been on the front lines throughout the E-rate rulemaking process, bringing together an “Education Coalition” consisting of a diverse group of education reform organizations, submitting comments, and advocating for reforms that will ensure that this important federal program helps accelerate the transition to digital learning.
The current E-rate program is as complex as the changes being made. Our E-rate Policy Brief provides a primer on the current E-rate program and helps explain the need for reform. For additional information on the current E-rate program, visit the Universal Service Administration’s Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program website.
Our full “Plain Language” Summary of the E-rate Modernization Order breaks down the 176 page Order to help simplify and disseminate the changes made to the E-rate program. For additional analysis, check out the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance’s (SECA) E-rate Reform Chart.