"On November 5, 2009, the Commission released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on revising rules regarding the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism, also known as the E-rate program, to comply with the requirements of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. Among other things, section 215 of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, titled Promoting Online Safety in Schools, revised section 254(h)(5)(B) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by adding a new certification requirement for elementary and secondary schools that have computers with Internet access and receive discounts under the E-rate program. The Commission also proposed to revise related Commission rules to reflect existing statutory language more accurately.
"Interested parties may file comments on or before February 18, 2010, and reply comments on or before March 5, 2010. All pleadings are to reference CC Docket No. 02-6. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. [See original notice for detailed filing instructions and ex parte notice]
"For further information, please contact Anita Cheng or Regina Brown, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.
"Released: 01/20/2010. Comment Sought On Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding The E-Rate Program And Compliance With The Protecting Children In The 21st Century Act. (DA No. 10-102). (Dkt No 02-6 ). Comments Due: 02/18/2010. Reply Comments Due: 03/05/2010. WCB . Contact: Anita Cheng or Regina Brown at (202) 418-0792, TTY: (202) 418-0484