What's Next for E-rate Category Two?
In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission established the Category Two budget approach within the E-rate program to accommodate internal connections like Wi-Fi. The Commission adopted the rules for a five-year pilot period, which is set to expire at the end of 2019. The FCC is expected to adopt an Order in a matter of days making the Category Two budget approach permanent and making several important changes to the application process. SHLB's next webinar will decode this Order and tell E-rate applicants what they need to know to obtain Category Two funding next year.

Stay tuned as we finalize our speaker lineup.

Nov 19, 2019 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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John Windhausen
Executive Director @SHLB Coalition
John Windhausen Jr. founded the SHLB Coalition in 2009. As executive director, he spearheads SHLB's membership growth and shapes its broadband policy recommendations. Previously, he served as president of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services, spent nine years on Capitol Hill, and started his career as a staff attorney at the FCC. In his role as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, John was a principal staff person responsible for drafting the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and served as chief legal adviser on telecom issues to Senators Fritz Hollings and Daniel Inouye. John has authored several papers documenting the benefits of broadband. His EDUCAUSE whitepaper, "A Blueprint for Big Broadband," resulted in the creation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In 2012, John was named the Community Broadband Hero of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
Michael McKerley
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer @Education Networks of America (ENA)
Michael joined ENA in 2000 and is now responsible for both managing ENA’s current suite of products and services, including the underlying technology architecture that enables them, as well as envisioning and delivering ENA’s future product and technology roadmap. He oversees the efforts of ENA’s architecture, R&D, product management, systems engineering, and software engineering teams. He is proud to have spent most of his career at ENA and he is passionate about bringing scalable, reliable, and useful solutions to the nation’s schools and libraries.