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ERIC Number: ED455847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 24
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Schools and Libraries Program: Update on E-Rate Funding. Report to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate.
Czerwinski, Stanley J.
Under the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) e-rate program, schools and libraries can receive discounts from vendors on the cost of eligible telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections (the equipment needed to deliver these services). The discounts range from 20 to 90 percent, with higher discounts given to applicants in low-income and rural areas. The Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC's) Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) is responsible for carrying out the program's day-to-day operations. To obtain e-rate support, eligible schools and libraries must submit an application to SLD specifying the services they wish to purchase, how much discount funding they would need, and the vendors they have selected to provide the services. In the December 2000 report on e-rate issues, data were included on the amount of program funds requested, committed, and approved for payment during the first 2 program years (1998 and 1999), broken out by state. Funding commitments for the third program year (2000) were not yet available because SLD and the FCC had not finished making all of their commitment decisions at the time the review was concluded. State-level data is now provided on: the amount of funds requested and committed for all 3 program years and an update on the amount of committed funds approved for payment during the first 2 program years. In addition, a preliminary estimate of the amount of e-rate funding requested for the fourth program year (2001) is included. A letter at the beginning of the document from Stanley J. Czerwinski, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, discusses the results in brief. Six tables provide data on funds requested and committed for all the program years. The first appendix provides data for each state on funding requested, committed, and approved for payment for years 1998 through 2000. Copies of FCC's and USAC's comments are included in the second and third appendixes. (AEF)
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 37050, Washington, DC 20013 (first copy free, additional copies $2, 100 or more copies discounted 25%). Tel: 202-512-6000; TDD: 202-512-6000; Fax: 202-512-6061; e-mail: info@www.gao.gov; Web site: http://www.gao.gov.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.