ERIC Number: ED410078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Summary of Recommendations of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service: Support for Schools and Libraries. RUPRI Telecommunications Policy Brief, P96-9.
Missouri Univ., Columbia. Rural Policy Research Inst.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed a Joint Board to recommend changes in existing FCC rules to fulfill the regulatory mandates of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Joint Board, which consists of three FCC commissioners, four State commissioners, and one consumer advocate, issued its recommendations to the FCC in a 500-page document in November 1996. Section X, "Support for Schools and Libraries," outlines recommendations to implement Congressional intent contained in Section 254(h), which provides for: (1) a redefinition of the basic services to which all Americans should have access; (2) affordable rates for rural (and other high-cost) customers; (3) a redefinition of the structure and management of the Universal Service Fund; and (4) a discount for services to schools, libraries, and health care providers, requiring that all have affordable communications rates. This policy brief outlines the full table of contents of the recommendations and summarizes the recommendations contained in Section X, which has the following subdivisions: (1) overview, (2) functionalities/services eligible for support, (3) intraschool and intralibrary connections, (4) discount methodology, (5) restrictions imposed on schools and libraries, (6) funding mechanisms for schools and libraries, (7) access to advanced telecommunications and information services, and (8) implementation. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Rural Policy Research Inst.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Telecommunications Act 1996