Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2024) – CoSN commends the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for scheduling a June vote on the agency’s proposed Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program. This $200 million initiative aims to protect K-12 schools and libraries from the constant threat of cyberattacks on their broadband networks.

The planned three-year pilot program will provide valuable insights into the most effective cybersecurity and advanced firewall services for safeguarding the networks and data of educational institutions. By learning from this effort, the FCC can identify the best ways to address this critical issue — including by modernizing the E-rate program — in collaboration with federal, state and local government partners.

“CoSN applauds the FCC’s proactive approach to enhancing cybersecurity for our nation’s schools and libraries,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN. “This pilot program is a crucial step in protecting our students and ensuring that their learning experiences are not disrupted by malicious cyber threats. We look forward to working with the FCC and other stakeholders to make this initiative a success, including by using E-rate to create a safer online environment for all learners.”

CoSN has long advocated for the FCC to allocate funding for cybersecurity services and equipment to protect the broadband networks of schools and libraries. The association continues to support the FCC’s initiatives aimed at promoting digital equity and providing educational institutions with the resources necessary to ensure secure and reliable connectivity for students and educators.

About CoSN
CoSN, the world-class professional association for K-12 EdTech leaders, stands at the forefront of education innovation. We are driven by a mission to equip current and aspiring K-12 education technology leaders, their teams, and school districts with the community, knowledge, and professional development they need to cultivate engaging learning environments. Our vision is rooted in a future where every learner reaches their unique potential, guided by our community. CoSN represents over 13 million students and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

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