Published Online: July 9, 2013
Published in Print: July 10, 2013, as FCC's E-Rate Plan Moves Forward

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FCC's E-Rate Plan Moves Forward

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The acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission recently took initial steps in what is expected to be a broad effort to remake the federal E-rate program and provide schools with faster online connectivity.

Mignon L. Clyburn unveiled a proposal last month that calls for not only improving technology infrastructure, but also making changes to the program's purchasing and the administrative oversight, according to a senior commission official.

While any changes to the E-rate would have to go through a federal rule making and public-comment process, the proposal represents a road map for refashioning the program, the official said.

Vol. 32, Issue 36, Page 5

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