Capitol Hill

CoSN is a strong presence and voice in the policy debates at the national and state level serving as a champion of policies required to power next-generation learning environments. Our 2020 policy agenda focuses on securing robust funding for ed tech, strengthening E-Rate, protecting the privacy and security of student data and promoting digital equity. We provide our members with the tools and resources to be successful advocates on these issues.

2020 Key Public Policy Issues

E-rate and Classroom Broadband Access 

EdTech Funding 

Privacy and Data Security

Digital Equity


EdTech Policy News

What's New? 
  • CoSN and SETDA urged the FCC on August 10 to provide additional FY2020 E-rate funding to help schools expand their broadband capacity to meet rising emergency online learning demands. (August 12, 2020)
  • CoSN and SETDA wrote Congress on August 3rd to urge lawmakers to provide funding in the next emergency spending bill to help ensure that all students have access to broadband.
  • CoSN, SETDA, and SHLB wrote to the FCC on August 4th urging them to extend the gift rule waiver for both the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-rate programs until June 30, 2021.
  • CoSN CEO Keith Krueger issued a statement on the recent criticism of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by Trump Administration senior officials (July 9, 2020)
  • CoSN joins other national groups in releasing a statement expressing support of emergency E-rate funding (May 12, 2020)
  • CoSN and other members of the education and civil rights community published a joint statement calling for educational equity, including improved access to digital learning. (April 29, 2020)
  • CoSN joined several groups calling on Senate Leadership to appropriate $4 billion for an Emergency Connectivity Fund to close the Homework Gap. 
  • CoSN joined over two hundred groups in calling on Congress to use the next COVID-19 emergency bill to connect all Americans to broadband.
  • CoSN joined SETDA today in urging Senate Commerce Committee leaders to use E-rate to provide students with secure home broadband access, with a special focus on areas that lack any broadband connectivity." 
  • U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Emergency Waiver Information
  • CoSN welcomes COVID-19 stimulus package's e-learning down payment (March 26, 2020)
  • CoSN joins EdLiNC members in urging the FCC to use emergency powers to waive E-rate program rules to promote broadband access during COVID-19 closures.
  • CoSN recently partnered with SETDA to provide recommendations to the FCC about the agency's pending network security and integrity rulemaking, which involves E-rate. Read the filing here.  
  • CoSN joined several association partners in filing a "Petition for Reconsideration" with the FCC asking the agency to reconsider the agency's EBS decision, which eliminated the educational eligibility requirements in the EBS band (November 29, 2019)
  • CoSN joins partners in calling on the FCC to allocate more spectrum for WiFi (November 5, 2019)
  • CoSN joined with AASA and ASBO to submit comment to the FCC regarding the modernization of the E-rate program for schools and libraries (September 3, 2019)
  • CoSN members urged to contact members of Congress to oppose the FCC's proposed Universal Service Fund (E-rate) caps. (August 16, 2019)
  • CoSN joined with national groups in filing this letter with the FCC in the EBS proceeding regarding rural deployment (July 8, 2019)
  • CoSN joins with SHLB  coalition regarding the use of E-rate funds to build certain fiber networks 
  • CoSN expresses dismay at FCC’s Proposed Change to Educational Broadband Service
  • CoSN joined with a broad coalition of groups expressing opposition to an overall cap on the Universal Service Fund (June 14, 2019)
  • CoSN joined Connect Americans Now in asking the FCC to make changes that would help bring broadband connectivity to rural America. (June 14, 2019) 
  • CoSN responds to FCC's Proposed Rulemaking on the Universal Service Fund (June 3, 2019)
  • CoSN and SETDA ask FCC to delay action on Educational Broadband Services so that additional information can be provided.
  • CoSN issued a statement applauding House Appropriations Committee approval of $1.3 billion for Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, an increase of $150 million over the previous year.
  • CoSN joins with the Title IV Coalition in thanking the House Appropriations Subcommittee for increasing the Title IV-A ( student support and academic enrichment program) by 13% to $1.3 Billion. 
  • CoSN joined with a large group of organizations in asking the FCC to ensure that the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) continues to serve its educational purposes. 
  • CoSN applauds Digital Equity bill introduced in the Senate.
  • CoSN is participating in the April 10 Day of Action to increase funding for edtech. Contact Congress now using the Rally Congress tool. See the Day of Action Toolkit for background information. 
  • CoSN members urged to reach out to Congress and restore net neutrality



CoSN State Advocacy

We work at the state level on several policy issues. CoSN worked collaboratively with our chapters in:
  • Watch CALET leaders discuss their partnership with CoSN to expand their direct advocacy capacity. 
  • Learn advocacy strategies from this new video describing how CALET shaped Colorado’s student data privacy law.
  • CoSN was pleased to work with the Texas K-12 CTO Council to support the chapter's annual Capitol Walk. Chapter members met with state legislators to talk about their district's EdTech needs and the Council developed this terrific video to recap their successful advocacy day. 
Our state advocacy toolkit has helpful hints to assist in your efforts. Download your copy.



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