National Association for Children and Safe Technology
"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools."
The FCC announced plans to modernize the E-rate program for schools and libraries in July of 2013. Another name for E-rate Modernization is ConnectED.
The E-Rate Program was created to provide affordable telecommunication services and funding to schools and libraries across the country. It was instituted as a result of the original Telecommunications Act of 1996 (see
page section 708).
ConnectED, Digital Learning & the Universal Service Fund
Clyburn, M.L. (July 23, 2013). Statement of Acting Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn, Re: Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries, WC Docket No. 13-184. Federal Communications Commission. FCC 13-100. http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-322284A2.pdf
Pai, A. (July 23, 2013). Statement of Commissioner Ajit Pai, Re: Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries, WC Docket No. 13-184. Federal Communications Commission. FCC 13-100.
Rosenworcel, J. (July 23, 2013). Statement of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Re: Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries, WC Docket No. 13-184. Federal Communications Commission. FCC 13 -100. http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-322284A3.pdf
Wheeler, T., FCC Chairman (January 24, 2014). Helping American Students Compete in a Digital World. Official FCC Blog. Federal Communications Commission. http://www.fcc.gov/blog/helping-american-students-compete-digital-world
Federal Communications Commission. (July 23, 2013). Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (FCC 13-100; WC Docket No. 13-184). Washington, D.C.: Federal Communications Commission. http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-100A1.pdf
Roc, Martens. (18 March 2014). Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful. Alliance for Excellent Education. http://all4ed.org/reports-factsheets/connected-learning/
The Alliance. (08 April 2014). The Alliance for Excellent Education's Focused Comments on Issues Raised in Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Modernizing the E-rate Program. The Alliance for Excellent Education.
The Alliance. (31 March 2014). Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner- Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning. The Alliance for Excellent Education. http://all4ed.org/issues/digital-learning/#hidden-more
Rothman, Robert. (15 April 2014) A Deeper Look At Deeper Learning. Alliance for Excellent Education.
Universal Service Fund
Verizon. (2014). Universal Service Fee.
Verizon, (2014). Explanation of Taxes, Fees, Surcharges and Other Charges on Your Bill.
Verizon Wireless Community Blog. (28 October 2014) Federal Universal Service Charge Should Be Optional.
Allibone, Tom., Kushnick, Bruce. (Date unknown). 20 Reasons Why the Universal Service Fund is an Out of Control Slush Fund: And What we Should Do About it. http://www.teletruth.org/USFReport.htm
Davis, D. (July 2, 2013). Turkey Takes on Cell Phones, South Korea Treats Digital Zombies. Huffpost. Huffington Post.