Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

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For more than 20 years, the Federal Communications Commission has directed the multi-billion dollar E-rate program, which provides taxpayer-supported construction and service discounts that districts and libraries can use toward internet costs. In 2014, the FCC modernized the E-rate program, raising the overall funding cap to about $4 billion, making more money available for schools and libraries.

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Some advocates have also said that the end of net neutrality could stifle innovation by making it harder for smaller education technology companies to operate and for teachers and students to access their content.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

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Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. Many times, the funding is not enough, and schools supplement from outside sources, including the E-Rate program.