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FCC Votes to Modernize E-Rate

• John Bailey

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to modernize E-Rate.  This is an important first step toward reforming and modernizing the E-Rate program and includes many common sense improvements such as simplifying the application process, stretching existing funds further, and expanding access to broadband and Wi-Fi.  Going forward, the FCC must continue to explore ways to prioritize consortia and make E-rate a fiscally sustainable program. Reform should encourage programmatic fiscal discipline and be respectful of the impact on the monthly phone bills of all Americans. Decisions about the size of the E-rate program must be made after a fact-based analysis of the needs of the program once the reforms voted on today have been implements.

A fact sheet on today’s decision is available here. Read our detailed proceedings here and here.  We also joined a diverse coalition representing 50 states, 6,000 schools, 4,000 online leaders in expressing support for these necessary improvements.

For more information on how E-Rate reforms can support student-centered vision of education read our blog series: Part 1 and Part 2.

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John Bailey