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New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

“With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products and services at affordable rates. Over the years, the E-rate program has provided critical support to public libraries that lack adequate infrastructure, helping them maintain their role as essential information hubs in communities across the country. While the program has been in existence for about 15 years, it has been difficult to determine just how many libraries have participated. Currently, the data that the Universal Services Administrative Company, the nonprofit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to administer the E-rate program, makes available on its public data tool lists the applicants but not the awardees associated with each application. E-rate applications are often submitted on behalf of many individual libraries and school.” (via UpNext: The IMLS Blog)

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F.C.C. Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Internet

“The Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to overhaul and possibly expand its E-Rate program, a $2.3 billion effort to provide schools and libraries with up-to-date telecommunications service and equipment, including high-speed Internet connections. A proposal approved by the commission, which will be made available for public comment before a final version is completed, calls for funds to be moved away from outdated uses like paying for paging service and long-distance phone calls and into areas that will accelerate digital literacy, like Wi-Fi connections within a school or library.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Obama to Seek More Internet Aid for Schools and Libraries

“President Obama is expected on Thursday to call on the Federal Communications Commission to expand its program to provide discounted high-speed Internet service to schools and libraries, even if it means increasing the fees that are tacked on to consumers’ monthly phone bills.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Rockefeller Says E-Rate Should Expand to Connect More Students to High-Speed Broadband

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement on updating and expanding high-speed broadband connections to schools and libraries through the E-Rate program. Today, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build next-generation broadband in schools and libraries to give students access to the latest technology.” (via U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation)

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Schools could get an Internet speed boost under FCC proposal

Post Tech – “The Federal Communications Commission is set to reform an annual $2 billion E-Rate fund, aimed to bring faster and more affordable Internet connections to classrooms and libraries. The program has doled out more than $22 billion since it was launched in 1998, helping to bring Internet connections to nearly all classrooms in America. But the connections have been slow and costly, and the Government Accountabilty Office said last year the FCC hadn’t set clear goals for E-Rate.”

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Court Upholds Conviction in $60M E-Rate Scheme

Courthouse News – “A woman who defrauded E-Rate out of $60 million was correctly convicted and sentenced to more than seven years in prison because despite her good intentions to help underfunded schools, she was still the “mastermind of a massive fraudulent scheme,” the 9th Circuit ruled.”

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