E-Rate, Rural Broadband Experiments, and IP Video Closed Captioning on July Open Meeting Agenda


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released the final agenda for its next open meeting on Friday, July 11, 2014.  It contains the following three items:

Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries: The Commission will consider a Report and Order to modernize the E-Rate program and expand support for WiFi connectivity for schools and libraries. The R&O seeks to close the WiFi gap, make E-Rate dollars go farther, and deliver faster, simpler and more efficient applications and other processes.

Tech Transition: The Commission will consider a Report and Order establishing a budget and a methodology for selecting winning applications for the Connect America rural broadband experiments adopted by the Commission in the January Tech Transitions Order.

Closed Captioning: The Commission will consider a Second Order on Reconsideration and a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that revisits the Commission’s determinations regarding the captioning of video clips when delivered using Internet protocol, ensuring that individuals with hearing disabilities are able to enjoy the full benefits of broadband technology.

The July 11 meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time and will be webcast.

For additional information, please contact Erin Fitzgerald.

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