E-rate in a Broadband World


Author: Gina Spade
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

This week, the Commission released the text of an order that modernizes and upgrades the E-rate program to bring fast, affordable Internet access to schools and libraries across the country.

Despite the great success of the E-rate program to date, broadband connectivity in schools and libraries is too slow to keep up with the innovative high-tech tools that are now being used across the United States. In fact, the Commission conducted a survey which found that almost 80 percent of E-rate recipients believe their current Internet connections are not sufficient to meet their current needs. To begin to address this gap, the Commission's order will make it easier for schools and libraries to get the highest speeds for the lowest prices by increasing their options for broadband providers.

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