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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Capital offense

Well, the NPRM we've all been waiting for has been approved (but maybe not finalized), so this morning, as a follow-up to my earlier analysis, I'll take a look at the single most important question: who is capitalizing the "R" in "E-Rate"?  We got five documents:
  1. Press release: r
  2. Summary: r
  3. Chairwoman Clyburn: r by a score of 9-5  (Indicating a possible future as a politician, the Chairwoman comes down on both sides of this issue, even using both spellings in the same sentence.)
  4. Commissioner Rosenworcel: R
  5. Commissioner Pai: R, except, weirdly, in the title
So while the commissioners seem to be leaning towards R (the Chairwoman was solidly R last time I checked), and the White House is in the R camp, somewhere in the bowels of the FCC lurks a bureaucrat who insists on the whimpering r.  As I've mentioned before, the small "r" smacks of Russian grammar, so we need a whistleblower to come forth and expose the Russian mole in the FCC.

Hey, since we're talking about E-Rate 2.0, perhaps it's time to revisit my suggestion to rename the program something like "Educationally-Relevant Advancement  through Technology Enhancement," then we could call it E-RATE and be done with it.

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