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  • Friday, December 01, 2023 8:36 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    SECA has filed Comments regarding adding Wi-Fi on school buses to the FY2024 Eligible Services List.

    Download Comments

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 6:47 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    In an NPRM released November 13, 2023, the Commission proposes a three-year pilot program within the USF – but separate from E-rate – to provide up to $200 million available to support cybersecurity and advanced firewall services for eligible schools and libraries.

    Download FCC 23-92 NPRM PDF

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2023 1:52 PM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    SECA has filed Reply Comments in response to the Commission's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) of August 9, 2023.

    Download the Filing:

    Reply Comments re E-Rate FNPRM

    Appendix B FY 2019_2023 C1 District Discounts

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 6:45 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    The WCB seeks comments on how to implement the addition of bus Wi-Fi eligibility into the Eligible Services List

    Comment Date: November 23, 2023

    Download DA 23-10-11 Public Notice PDF

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 6:38 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    The FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling on October 25, 2023 clarifying "that the use of Wi-Fi, or other similar technologies that act as an access point, on school buses is an educational purpose as defined by E-Rate program rules and, therefore, the provision of such service is eligible for E-Rate funding."

    Download the Declaratory Ruling

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 6:36 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    SECA has filed extensive Initial Comments in response to the Commission's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) of August 9, 2023.

    Download Comments

  • Monday, July 24, 2023 6:17 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    With the Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted on July 20, 2023, the Commission makes changes to provide Tribal communities and other E-Rate participants with greater access to the E-Rate program. Specific updates to the E-Rate program rules include:

    • Granting E-Rate eligibility to Tribal College and University libraries that serve as public libraries in their communities.
    • Creating an exemption to the competitive bidding requirements for libraries seeking E-Rate support for category two services that total a pre-discount price of $3,600 or less per library per funding year. Category two services are the internal connections needed for broadband connectivity within schools. This step can help simplify the application process.
    • Increasing the maximum category two discount rate to 90% and the category two funding floor to $55,000 for Tribal libraries. This step can raise the amount of funding for category two services that are reimbursable through the E-Rate program.
    • Providing guidance on cost allocation issues experienced by applicants.
    • Adopting a formal definition of “Tribal” within the E-Rate program to better identify Tribal applicants seeking E-Rate funding.
    • Amending the Commission’s E-Rate program rules to add a Tribal community representative to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Board of Directors.
    • Directing USAC to provide increased outreach and training to Tribal applicants.
    • Seeking comment on ways to further simplify the E-Rate program for all applicants.

    The order and press releases are available at:


  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023 11:13 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    SECA met with the FCC to discuss suggestions to clarify language in the Draft Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC-CIR2307-01 (“Draft Order”).

    Download Ex Parte Notice

  • Monday, April 24, 2023 1:09 PM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    SECA has filed a joint letter with the Commission responding to the Tribal Libraries NPRM.

    Download Comments

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2023 6:15 AM | Anne Perloff (Administrator)

    The WCB announced on March 3, 2023 that the E-rate program funding cap for Funding Year 2023 has been set to $4,768,413,261. This amount represents a 7.0% inflation-adjusted increase to $4,456,460,992, the annual cap for the program last year.

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