On Altering the Public Record on E-Rate

As quoted in:

Herold, Benjamin. “Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program’s Success.” Education Week. 8 February 2017.

It’s common for a federal agency to switch policy directions after a change in leadership, especially following a presidential election, said Douglas A. Levin, a consultant with EdTech Strategies and the former head of the State Educational Technology Directors Association. But even during a switch in administration, rescinding a public report is an unusual decision that “looks awful,” Levin said. “To expunge the record is clearly a political move,” he said. “It’s particularly curious because [FCC Chair] Pai himself seems to value data in decisionmaking.” The move could signal a coming effort to reduce overall FCC spending on universal-service programs, Levin said.

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