SECA submitted an ex parte filing to the FCC on August 3, 2022 seeking clarification on the proposal to make school bus Wi-Fi service eligible for E-rate funding.
Among other issues, SECA posed questions concerning Category One / Category Two designations, the scope of eligible equipment, cost caps, and compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
SECA is requesting that the FCC delay implementation until Funding Year 2024.
Download SECA Ex Parte Filing
SECA has filed Initial Comments for the Competitive Bidding Portal NPRM requesting that the Commission refrain from imposing a national E-rate bidding portal.
The FCC has announced that there will be a third filing window (“Window 3”) for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, which pays for internet access and connected devices for students, teachers and library patrons with an unmet need. Unmet need means that the student or teacher does not have their own computer and internet service at home that can be used for remote learning.
Window 3 opens April 28, 2022 and closes May 13, 2022.
Funding can be used to pay for connected devices as well as internet services between July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023 (an 18 month period). However, applicants can request no more than 12 months of service costs for internet during that period and in addition the service period must be different from the months already paid for with Window 1 and 2 ECF funding. The service period for Windows 1 and 2 ends June 30, 2023.
Download DA 22-309 PDF
The Wireline Competition Bureau has granted a Motion for Extension of Time requesting 30 additional days to file comments and reply comments for the Competitive Bidding NPRM proceeding. WCB has found find that the requested extension of time brought forward by SECA and other stakeholders is warranted, and has extended the comment and reply comment dates to April 27, 2022 and May 27, 2022, respectively.
SECA joined with 26 E-Rate stakeholder organizations in filing a motion to request request a 30-day extension of the comment deadline and a 30-day extension of the reply comment deadline for the FCC's Competitive Bidding Portal NPRM.
Download SECA Motion
The FCC has voted to formally adopt a Report and Order and Further Notice that provides detailed guidance for the Affordable Connectivity Program, a $14.2 billion federal initiative that offers qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet from participating providers.
News Release: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-rules-implement-affordable-connectivity-program
Published ACP Rules: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/0121100101377
The FCC Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on December 16, 2021 to consider the implementation of an online competitive bidding portal for E-rate. This would replace a process by which service providers submit bids directly to applicants for E-Rate-supported equipment and services. The order also seeks comment on other ways to improve the competitive bidding process and enhance program integrity.
The NPRM and news release are available at https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-looks-promote-fair-open-competitive-bidding-e-rate-program-0 along with a statement by Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
The WCB has adopted the proposals set forth in the Bureau's Public Notice seeking comment on the proposed eligible services list for funding year 2022.
Download FY2022 ESL
On December 2, 2021 the WCB granted SECA's petition for an expedited waiver of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program's invoice filing deadline and clarified the service delivery date.
Download DA-21-1499 PDF
On November 19, 2021, SECA released its latest Year in Review summarizing our extensive activities during Calendar Year 2021.
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