Policy and Advocacy

Education Technology Leaders Trumpet Historic E-Rate Cap Increase

Washington, DC (December 11, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) – the professional association for K-12 district technology leaders – today applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approving a $1.5 billion annual funding boost to the federal E-rate program.

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger said:

“The FCC’s action today is a triumph for learning that reflects the world we live in and enables more personalized education.

K-12 Report: Affordability, Adequate Funding Biggest Technology Barriers

Washington, DC (October 16, 2014) – New results from CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking’s) 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal troubling gaps in U.S. school districts broadband and technology infrastructure. The report, released today, identifies affordability and adequate funding as the most significant barriers to delivering sufficient Internet connectivity and transforming the learning environment in schools. This chief hurdle mirrors the major barrier identified in the 2013 survey.

What do you need to know about the new E-rate?

E-rate reform has been a hot issue in ed tech for the past year, but all the conversations swirling around it can confuse what you really need to know. This summer, the FCC took the next step in E-rate reform, approving important changes to the program. The changes mostly concern: closing the Wi-Fi gap, maximizing E-rate spending, and making the E-rate administration and application processes more efficient.

CoSN: E-rate Modernization Requires ‘Long-Term, Sufficient’ Funding

Washington, DC (June 20, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today responded to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to modernize the E-rate program:

Wi-Fi in U.S. Schools Estimated to Cost $800 Million Per Year to Meet President’s Goal of 99% of Students Connected by 2018

WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and EducationSuperHighway today released to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) an estimate of the additional E-rate funds necessary for robust local area network (LAN), Wi-Fi, and core wide area network (WAN) equipment that will achieve the Administration’s ConnectED vision.

Bandwidth for...Most (The Limitations of ConnectED)

T.H.E. Journal’s recent article, “Bandwidth for All,” takes a crucial look at the problems of connecting rural America to broadband. Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about the growth in overall bandwidth needs; fortunately, this is being addressed in part by the ConnectED program and its $2 billion in additional funding promised by the FCC. But for some rural schools, the program won’t be enough.