Danielle Frappier

Danielle Frappier

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Categories 1 and 2 to be Fully Funded for 2015-2016 Funding Year

For the first time in many years, the FCC has announced that it anticipates being able to fund all E-rate funding requests. Last Friday, the FCC issued a Public Notice that states that the estimated demand for Category 1...more

5/12/2015 - E-Rates FCC Federal Funding Telecommunications

FCC Likely to Launch New Rulemaking Proceeding to Further Reform Lifeline Program

The FCC is gearing up to launch a new rulemaking proceeding to once again overhaul the Lifeline program. The last major reform of the program was in 2012, and this new rulemaking would likely continue the work of some of the...more

4/25/2015 - Broadband Cell Phones FCC Internet Lifeline Program Pew Foundation Popular

TracFone Files Supplement to Emergency Petition for FCC Preemption on 911 Fees

As noted in our prior update, in November 2014, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice requesting industry comment on a Petition filed by TracFone Wireless regarding 911 fees charged to Lifeline...more

4/13/2015 - FCC Preemption September 11th Attacks TracFone Wireless Utility Fees Wireless Industry

E-rate Funding Year 2015 Filing Window Extended until April 16, 2015

Late last week, USAC announced an extension of the application deadline for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2015). FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015....more

4/13/2015 - Applications E-Rates FCC Filing Deadlines Time Extensions USAC

FCC Forbears “For Now” From Requiring Universal Service Contribution From Broadband Providers

Section 254(d) of the Act requires providers of “telecommunications services” to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is used to subsidize telephone and broadband service in high-cost areas, for...more

3/18/2015 - Bias Broadband FCC Telecommunications USF Fees

FCC Votes to Approve New Net Neutrality Rules

On a party-line 3-2 vote, the FCC on February 26, 2015, approved new Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules, although it has not released the text of its actual ruling. Based on an FCC press release and a written statement...more

3/2/2015 - FCC Final Rules Internet Net Neutrality Telecommunications Act of 1996

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually, and Introduces a Number of New Changes Including “Equalizing”...

On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5 billion—taking the...more

1/2/2015 - Broadband E-Rates FCC Funding Rulemaking Process Wifi

FCC Releases Text of Wi-Fi-Focused E-Rate Reform Order and Further NPRM

Last Thursday, July 24, the FCC issued the 176-page text of its E-rate Modernization Order (“Order”), which it adopted on July 11 in a sharply divided and partisan 3-2 vote. The Order includes a Further Notice of Proposed...more

7/30/2014 - Broadband E-Rates FCC Funding Rulemaking Process Wifi

Chairman Wheeler Urges Prioritizing E-Rate Funding for Wi-Fi by Next Year

FCC Chairman Wheeler posted a blog entry today on the agency’s website emphasizing the need to change its E-rate rules before the next e-rate funding year in order to encourage the deployment of Wi-Fi to the nation’s schools...more

6/20/2014 - E-Rates FCC Internet Wireless Technology

FCC Rescinds 2010 Cost Allocation Guidance for Bundled Services

Late last Friday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order rescinding prior guidance that permitted E-rate applicants to request full funding for certain bundles that included service or equipment components...more

6/6/2014 - Bundling Rules E-Rates FCC Telecommunications

New Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2014 Released

The Department of Health and Human Services released its annual update of the federal poverty guidelines (“FPG”) for 2014. This updates the income levels used to qualify applicants for Lifeline-supported service, although...more

2/27/2014 - Federal Poverty Line HHS Poverty

FCC Initiates Massive E-Rate Program Overhaul

On July 23, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the 175-page text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to transform the Schools and Libraries component of its Universal Service program—more commonly known...more

7/30/2013 - E-Rates FCC Internet Proposed Regulation Telecommunications Act of 1966

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