E-rate 2.0: How to Submit Comments to the FCC
August 6, 2013
As I mentioned in the previous message, the FCC is serious about reforming the E-rate program and they are seeking your input through the NPRM comment process. The deadline to submit comments is September 16, with reply comments due October 16.
The FCC is accustomed to hearing from large stakeholder groups in a process such as this NPRM; however, I cannot stress how much louder your individual voices are. Submitting comments is very easy and I’ve created/attached an easy-to-follow "how-to" guide to writing and filing comments in this proceeding. I've also attached a template to make it easier to get started.
The FCC loves and relies on data when making decisions, so when you offer your opinion, give the reasons why, and any factual information you have to back it up. If you don't have wireless connectivity with your schools, explain this along with what it would cost to deploy such technology. If your library system doesn't have a regional Wide Area Network connecting your branches, explain what have been the barriers to such connectivity and whether, even with your existing E-rate discount, you could afford/not afford the one-time installation costs and monthly recurring charges. If you would rather receive internal connections funding rather than funding for phone service, now is the time to voice that need.
If you have any questions about the NPRM commenting process, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Tritt Schell
PA E-rate Coordinator
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