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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Key FCC action to advance the reform of the E-rate program

By Connected Nation

The Federal Communications Commission released yesterday a Public Notice (PN) requesting further comment regarding the E-rate program modernization reform. The E-rate program provides funding to support the  telecommunications and Internet access needs of schools and libraries across the nation. This new item advances the reform launched by the FCC on July 2013 (see E-rate Modernization NPRM) and sets the stage for the implementation of Chairman Wheeler’s vision for the reform of the program as advanced in his speech of February 5, 2014 (see White House and FCC Advance Plans to Connect America’s Schools and...

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FCC Announces Plans To Increase Funding For Broadband In Schools

By Wil Payton

Schools are embracing digital devices as an integral part of their curriculums but limited broadband speeds are impeding many technology adoption plans. This week, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency would overhaul the E-Rate program to implement President Obama’s plan to bring broadband Internet to essentially all American schools. This plan is outlined in the Connected Nation Policy Brief. E-Rate is a program to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable Internet access. An article in The Hill highlighted Wheeler’s remarks on the approach the agency intends to take to transform the E-rate program....

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E-rate Reform Offers Key Opportunity to Further Close Digital Divide

By Connected Nation

The FCC is in process of reforming the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund -- better known as "E-rate."  Last week, the FCC received comments  from over 700 members of the public – educators, librarians, state and local government, industry members, and non-profit companies – including Connected Nation – all that are working to bridge the digital divide for our nation’s students.  Connected Nation’s comments focus on three key points that the FCC should follow as it modernizes the E-rate program:  Connectivity at the School, in the Classroom, and at Home.  Connected Nation believes that the...

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