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    CSM E-Rate Alert 2.21.14

    “Well, We Have ‘News’, But It’s Not Necessarily ‘Good’…” (02.21.14)

    I know that many of you have heard us say over the last few months that “Hopefully, no news about 2013/2014 P2 funding is good news.”

    Well, I would…

    CSM E-Rate Alert 2.5.14

    “Modernizing a Great American Asset – The E-Rate Program” (02.05.14)

    In a speech during Digital Learning Day at the Library of Congress today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler spoke exclusively about the many changes coming to the E-rate…

    CSM E-Rate Alert 11.15.13

    “Get “Charged Up” at Booth 106 with CSM at CETPA” (11.15.13)

    Yes, it’s that time of year again…the annual CETPA conference is rolling into beautiful Pasadena, California next week and your friendly CSM team will be attending in force!  Be sure to stop by and see us and charge your ever more critical electronic devices at our ‘charging station’…

    CSM E-Rate Alert 4.24.13

    “A View from the Bleachers and a Look at the E-Rate Scorecard”

    By: Paul Stankus (04.24.13)

    Every quarter, USAC holds a Board meeting, with an open session that anyone can attend.  Since CSM now has comprehensive representation near to the Nation’s Capital, I had the honor of attending on behalf of CSM this past Monday…

    CSM E-Rate Alert 2.6.13

    “New CSM Team Member” (02.06.13)

    We are proud to announce that Paul A. Stankus has joined CSM in February 2013 as our Manager of E-Rate Compliance Services.  Prior to joining the CSM team, Paul spent nearly ten years in the Schools and Libraries Division at USAC, serving as the Ombudsman where he helped hundreds of applicants resolve funding…

    CSM E-Rate Alert 8.1.12

    “It’s Official…P2 Thresholds Set for 2011 and 2012” (08.01.12)

    Remember all of that discussion about the high demand on the fund for 2012/2013?  Well, they weren’t exaggerating.

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the USAC Board have reviewed and approved USAC's proposed funding thresholds for FY2012…

    CSM E-Rate Alert 6.5.12

    “Last Call for CIPA Compliance”(06.05.12)

    The lights have come on and we’re picking up the chairs.  June 30 is about 3 weeks away so we wanted to sound the alarm one more time for those who are still working on compliance with the new CIPA guidelines.

    Hopefully you’ve all been working with…


    Program Background

    kidsAs part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, E-rate is a federal program that allows school districts and libraries to apply for discounts on telecommunication services and advanced telecommunications products and services. The main categories that are eligible for…

    E-Rate Process


    The Clock is Ticking

    The FCC released the 2012 Eligible Services List this morning which essentially “starts the clock” on the filing window for 2012/2013. The ESL can be viewed using the following link (2012 ESL). There are no significant changes to the ESL, but the Commission clarified some important distinctions in…

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