FCC Proposes E-rate Updates

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission took further steps toward ensuring universal access to affordable, high-quality broadband by proposing updates to the highly successful "E-rate" universal service program.

The proposals further the FCC's National Broadband Plan goal of connecting schools and libraries to world-leading broadband by modernizing and improving the Universal Service Fund. E-rate has been instrumental in expanding opportunities for schoolchildren and communities across the country. Through the E-rate program, 97 percent of American schools now have Internet access. But the National Broadband Plan found that many schools will need significant upgrades to meet future broadband speed and capacity demands, and that many E-rate policies are out-of-date. In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC explores ways the E-rate program can become a more effective educational tool for teachers, parents, and students. Broadband connectivity in the classroom and at home will enable educational advances, economic growth, government delivery of services, and civic engagement.



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