E-rate News Flash, Issue 17-15

  Thursday, December 21, 2017

Issue 17-15

December 21, 2017

E-rate News Flash

Request for Comment on the Waiver Request for Schools impacted by California Wildfires (Initial Comments Due by January 11, 2018)


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice on December 11, 2017 seeking comment on the California Department of Education’s (CDE) request for waiver of certain E-rate rules and program requirements for schools affected by the California wildfires.


The CDE encourages representatives from schools impacted by wild fires to provide comment.


To submit comments electronically, go to the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) Web page athttps://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings The Proceeding(s) field is the first field on the ECFS form. Type in “02-6” as a search criteria, and select the option that reads, “02-6 | In the Matter of Schools and Libraries Universal Support Mechanism.” The remaining fields require the identity and contact information for the filer and a document upload tool to attach your comments.


Link to the text of the waiver request filed by the CDE can be found at



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As always, we are here to help if you have questions or need support. Members of the CDE E-rate team are available to assist by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.