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Monday, June 20, 2005

FCC considers major changes

If you haven't read the latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) from the FCC, you really ought to check it out. What is an NPRM? Whenever the FCC is considering a rule change, they post the ideas they are considering, and anyone can comment. Anyone. So if you have a stake in the program, you should consider submitting your comments. You don't have to comment on everything; just zero in on the ideas you think are the best (or worst) and describe how they would impact you.

This NPRM is very broad, so whatever you'd like to see changed, you probably have an opportunity to tell the FCC what you think.

Some highlights:
Funding by Formula: Paragraph 33 describes a possible new funding mechanism where each school and library would receive a set amount of funding to spend as they see fit. The funding would be determined according to the applicant's size.

Streamlining the application process: Paragraph 37 asks for suggestions for reducing the burden of the application process.

Certification of service providers and consultants: Paragraph 43 asks if the FCC should set standards for service providers and consultants.

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