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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A">Today on the</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A"> ETNews Listserv<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#76923C">ITEM:&nbsp; </span>
</b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A">FCC Adopts Landmark E-Rate Modernization Order on July 11</span></b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><strong><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">TO BRING HIGH-SPEED WI-FI TO EVERY SCHOOL AND LIBRARY NATIONWIDE</span></strong><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an E-rate Modernization Order that will expand Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries across America. The new rules are the next major step
 in a comprehensive modernization of E-rate, the first such effort since the program&#8217;s creation 18 years ago. The program increases focus on the largest and most urgent need&#8212;closing the Wi-Fi gap&#8212;while transitioning support away from legacy technologies to
 21st Century broadband connectivity, ensuring E-rate money is spent smartly, and improving program administration. The reform will expand Wi-Fi to more than 10 million students in 2015 alone.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) adopted by the FCC accomplishes three major goals:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><strong><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">Closes the Wi-Fi Gap</span></i></strong><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Sets an annual funding target of $1 billion for Wi-Fi while ensuring support continues to be available for broadband connectivity to schools and libraries.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Directs at least $1 billion in support for Wi-Fi for Funding Years 2015 and 2016 to connect over 10 million students and thousands of libraries each year by establishing reasonable budgets for
 applicants.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Allows support for Wi-Fi purchased as a managed service and caching servers through the new internal connections funding mechanism.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Continued use of new Wi-Fi funding methodology after Funding Year 2016 will be evaluated as part of a review of the long-term funding needs of the program.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Increases support targeted for Wi-Fi in rural school districts substantially &#8211; a nearly 75 percent increase; and targets a nearly 60 percent increase in urban and suburban districts.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Begins a multi-year transition of all program funding to broadband, by gradually phasing down support for non-broadband services.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l4 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Adopts clear broadband goals to measure overall program success, while maintaining local flexibility to determine the needs of individual schools and libraries.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><em><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">Maximizes E-rate Spending</span></b></em><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Incentivizes consortia and bulk purchasing.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Increases transparency on how E-rate dollars are spent and on prices charged for E-rate services.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><em><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">Makes the E-rate Administration and Application Processes Faster, Simpler, More Efficient.</span></b></em><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Streamlines the process for multi-year applications.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Expedites process for small dollar, cost-effective applications.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Speeds review of all applications.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Moves to electronic filing of all documents.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Simplifies discount calculations.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Strengthens efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse by toughening document retention and site inspection rules.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">By taking action today, the Commission has ensured that the new E-rate rules will be in place in time to support Wi-Fi upgrades across the country beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The FNPRM Seeks Comment on:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Long-term program funding needs necessary to meet goals and funding targets established in the Order.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Further steps to facilitate the use of cost-effective consortium-based purchasing.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Alternative methodologies for allocating support for library Wi-Fi connectivity.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><em><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">Building on Success</span></b></em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Today&#8217;s Order builds on the top-to-bottom administrative review of the E-rate program that was the first stage of Chairman Wheeler&#8217;s comprehensive approach to modernization.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><strong><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">This administrative review is already delivering huge dividends</span></i></strong><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">More funds: The FCC identified $2 billion that could be freed from existing reserve accounts and other sources over the next two years toward an initial down payment on broadband expansion. The
 $2 billion forWi-Fi over the next two years under today&#8217;s Order comes from these reclaimed reserves. http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-boost-investment-broadband-schools-libraries-2b<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l5 level1 lfo5">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Faster processing: The FCC, working with the program administrator, USAC, has already doubled the pacewith which E-rate applications are being processed, compared to any previous year in E-rate
 history. http://www.fcc.gov/blog/managing-e-rate-maximize-benefits-schools-libraries<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><em><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">Brings E-rate into the 21st Century</span></b></em><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">New digital learning technologies are opening new opportunities for students, teachers and library patrons.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In schools, emerging educational technology allows an increasingly interactive and individualized learning environment and expands school boundaries through distance learning applications.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l6 level1 lfo6">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In libraries, high-speed broadband access provides patrons the ability to apply for jobs; interact with federal,state, local, and Tribal government agencies; engage in life-long learning; and stay
 in touch with friends and family.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l6 level1 lfo6">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The plummeting costs of tablets and netbooks, increasing Wi-Fi speeds, and innovative cloud-based software are allowing this technological transformation of learning, much of which would have been
 impossible five years ago.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><em><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:green">But too many U.S. schools and libraries lack the infrastructure necessary to fully utilize today&#8217;s learning technologies&#8212;particularly when it comes to Wi-Fi in the classroom.</span></b></em><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Three out of five schools in America lack the Wi-Fi needed to deploy 21st Century educational tools.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l3 level1 lfo7">
<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Half of school buildings have older, slower internal wiring that won&#8217;t carry data at today&#8217;s broadband speeds.<o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Download a copy at
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http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0711/DOC-328172A2.pdf</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Statements from some of the Commissioners are available on the FCC website at
<a href="http://www.fcc.gov/" target="_blank" title="http://www.fcc.gov/">http://www.fcc.gov/</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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