Fund wireless connectivity to portable learning devices.

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Recommendation #133

FCC Chapter: 11.23

Status: In progress

The Federal Communications Commission should initiate a rulemaking to fund wireless connectivity to portable learning devices. Students and educators should be allowed to take these devices off campus so they can continue learning outside school hours.

E-rate should support online learning by providing wireless connectivity to portable learning devices so students can engage in learning while not at school.

Where applicant-managed hardware can use wireless services off campus, E-rate should provide appropriate Priority 1 discounts for those services.

Potentially high demand for this service should be accounted for in the program design to ensure equitable overall distribution of E-rate funds. For example, providing a limited amount of funding for wireless services within a pilot program could help determine demand levels and cost-effectiveness.

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