In 2014, the FCC adopted several significant reforms to the E-rate program to assure there would be affordable access to high-speed broadband sufficient to support digital learning in schools and robust connectivity for all libraries. The NTCA RTIME panel, ConnectED/E-rate Accomplishments and Anecdotes, discussed those reforms in more detail.
Chad Mutziger (pictured), Midstate Communications, discussed the E-rate-supported accomplishments in Midstate Communications’ service area and the impact the new rules will have on rural providers.
Carrie Johnson, SDN Communications, covered the key goals in educational policy and the benefits of incorporating technology into curriculum and how those led to the FCC taking action to reform the E-rate Program.
Jessica Meyer, Consortia Consulting, provided an overview of the new E-rate rules and reforms resulting from the July 2014 E-rate Modernization Order and the December 2014 Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that will have the biggest impact on rural telecommunications providers.