In his most recent State of the Union, the President reiterated his pledge to connect 99% of schools to high speed broadband over the next several years and announced commitments from several technology and telecom firms to step up with corporate support for educational broadband. In the meanwhile, the FCC, in its effort to reform E-rate and modernize the program, is determined to shift the program toward broadband connectivity to and within schools, and away from support of traditional voice services. Toward this end, it has identified some $2 billion in unspent funds available as a down payment for a re-focused E-Rate program. But others urge caution, questioning significant shifts in the program away from voice, the need to increase its size and potential impacts on telecom subscribers more generally, proposals that favor particular technologies over others, and potential increases in administrative complexity.

In this special live webcast, we also dig into the President's private-sector edu-broadband initiatives. Who's playing, who's not? What are the leading E-Rate reform proposals on the table and what are their prospects and potential headwinds?. We'll also get a handle on the newly-found $2 billion -- just how real is its.

Join hosts Jim Baller and Marty Stern and their guests in exploring the latest developments in broadband and education.

Your Hosts:

Jim Baller
The Baller Herbst Law Group
Marty Stern
Partner, K&L Gates

Special Guest:

Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC

Panel of Experts:

Jeb Benedict, Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs, CenturyLink
Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel of the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation.
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Policy Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute.

John Windhausen, President of the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition.