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What's Next for E-rate Category Two?


Dec 10, 2019 02:25 PM

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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.
Debra Kriete
State E-rate Coordinator @South Dakota
Debra Kriete has been involved with and an advocate for universal service for more than 30 years. In 1996, Deb was appointed to the staff of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, the group that recommended to the FCC the rules and policies for implementing all USF mechanisms, and in 1998 she was appointed as the first general counsel to the federal E-rate administrator. After leaving USAC, she provided legal counsel to service providers and applicants until being retained as the South Dakota State E-rate Coordinator – a position she has proudly held for the past 14 years. In this capacity she operates an E-rate help desk and provides in-person and virtual training for the state’s schools, libraries, and service providers, and files the E-rate applications for South Dakota’s statewide broadband and Internet consortia applications. Debra is an active member of the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance.