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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. Below is an excerpt:

“The intent is not to tear down the existing program and start over,” Wheeler explained. “Rather, we should restructure the program in a way that results in a process that effectively targets high capacity connections to all libraries and schools and to provide resources to make sure high-speed Wi-Fi delivers that connectivity within the classroom and the library.”

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