CoSN Calls FCC E-rate Vote an ‘Important Early Victory’ for Students, Educators for Wi-Fi Access

Washington, DC
Friday, July 11, 2014

Washington, DC (July 11, 2014) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today expressed support for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) decision to update and strengthen the E-rate program. Krueger said:

“Today’s vote by the FCC represents an important early victory for students and educators that lack broadband and Wi-Fi access in their classrooms. CoSN’s 2013 E-rate and broadband survey revealed a massive Wi-Fi gap in many classrooms, so we’re very pleased the FCC dedicated meaningful funding for internal connections, while also maintaining a focus on broadband connections to the school door. CoSN also commends the FCC for approving a further notice focused on evaluating the program’s long-term funding needs.  School districts cannot meet today’s Wi-Fi and broadband technology needs on a 1997 budget and that will mean our nation must eventually invest more for this critical need.

“We believe the FCC’s action is an important start to modernize the E-rate program and providing a path for sufficient long-term and predictable funding. This act today is a step forward.”

Specifically, CoSN welcomes the FCC’s decision to:

  • Update the E-rate program, including by establishing world-class broadband goals for the nation’s schools and ensuring that resources will be available to begin connecting every classroom to Wi-Fi;
  • Promote greater transparency to helping applicants secure the best prices for cutting-edge services; and  
  • Immediately establish a further notice focused on quantifying the program’s long-term funding needs.

CoSN has long advocated for modernizing the E-rate program. On Monday, CoSN joined nine other leading education organizations in sending a joint letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Reilly expressing support for moving forward on Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to begin the process.

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