Policy and Advocacy

CoSN Urges FCC to Strengthen USAC’s Capacity in E-Rate Modernization Efforts

Washington, DC (February 11, 2014) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is requesting that the FCC bolster the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) capacity to help implement a modernized federal E-Rate program. The association’s call follows the FCC’s official plan announced last week to boost E-Rate by allocating greater existing program resources to the delivery of high-capacity broadband services to classrooms across the country.

CoSN Commends Administration’s Commitment to ConnectED

Washington, DC (February 4, 2014) – Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CEO Keith Krueger today remarked on President Barack Obama’s announcement regarding the ConnectED initiative:

“We applaud the Administration’s decision to make an immediate down payment on the ConnectEd initiative. President Obama’s commitment, in partnership with America’s leading businesses, is a major step toward realizing the vision of connecting 99 percent of U.S. students to high-speed Internet in the next five years.

CoSN Survey Reveals Widespread Need for Increased Bandwidth

This week, CoSN released our key preliminary findings from a nationwide survey about broadband and the E-Rate. Nearly 450 K-12 ed tech leaders representing 44 states participated in the survey and overwhelmingly agreed that the E-Rate is in dire need of reform.

99% of districts will need greater Internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next 3 years, and more than 90% think the current E-Rate program is inadequate for their districts' needs. 

Among our other key findings are:

CoSN Survey Reveals that 99 Percent of K-12 Districts Need Increased Bandwidth

Washington, DC (September 16, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released key preliminary findings from a national survey of nearly 450 K-12 district technology leaders from 44 states on E-Rate and broadband. The survey found that 99 percent of districts need greater Internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next 36 months, and more than nine in 10 districts think the current E-Rate program inadequately meets their district’s needs. The survey is being conducted in partnership with Market Data Research and will remain open through September.