Urge the Senate to Pass HR 5419 to Restore the E-rate!
E-rate funds have been frozen since August 2004, but there is a chance to get the funds flowing again if the Senate passes HR 5419 (and a companion bill HR 5420), which would exempt schools and libraries from the Antideficiency Act.
America's libraries due to face Internet access cuts ...
(WASHINGTON) American Library Association President Carol Brey-Casiano released the following statement, which calls on Congress to pass remedial language to resolve E-rate accounting-requirement issues as soon as Congress convenes on November 16, 2004.
TUNUNAK, Alaska — When the plump seals, walruses and occasional beluga whale arrive in the frigid waters off this Bering Sea village, many plastic chairs in the Paul T. Albert Memorial School sit empty. But on a recent morning, with the big hunt still months away, five Yupik Eskimos were learning geometry.
Though the status of eRate applications from 2003 should be resolved shortly, most 2004 applicants will still be wondering how much eRate funding they are to receive before it's time for them to apply again for 2005 funding.
Funding Year 2005 Form 471 Filing Window Established
The Schools and Libraries Committee of the USAC Board of Directors has approved a 66-day filing window for Funding Year 2005 (July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006). The window will open at noon (EST) on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 and close at 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, February 17, 2005.
USAC to Resume Issuing Funding Commitment Decision Letters
In early August, USAC suspended issuance of Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) for both schools and libraries and rural health care providers for all funding years. USAC has worked closely with the FCC since then and has now determined the amount of unobligated cash it has available to cover new commitments and will resume issuing new FCDLs within the next two weeks.
eRate chaos looms for schools; Senators view delays with bipartisan alarm
Many schools and libraries won't find out how much eRate funding they are getting for the 2004 funding year--which began July 1--until at least December, eRate officials told eSchool News immediately following a Senate hearing on the eRate Oct. 5.