E-Rate

A school bus is reflected in a bus mirror.
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel announced a proposal on May 11 that would allow the use of federal E-rate funding for Wi-Fi in school buses.
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Ed-Tech Policy Wi-Fi on School Buses: Smart Move or Stupidest Idea Ever?
An FCC proposal to use E-Rate funding to put Wi-Fi on school buses prompted strong reactions on social media.
Lauraine Langreo, May 18, 2022
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A Brownsville Independent School District bus acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot for students needing to connect online for distance learning at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year in the Texas school system.
A Brownsville Independent School District bus acts as a WI-FI hotspot for students needing to connect online for distance learning on the first day of class Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in the parking lot of the Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center in Brownsville, Texas. The bus is one of 20 hotspots throughout the city to help students have access to their online classes as part of the remote start to the school year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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IT Infrastructure Internet on School Buses: FCC Eyes E-Rate Change to Expand Access
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel announced a proposal that would allow the use of federal E-rate funding for Wi-Fi in school buses.
Lauraine Langreo, May 12, 2022
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Ed-Tech Policy Letter to the Editor Using E-Rate to Address the Homework Gap
The FCC's E-rate program can provide relief to many families, says this letter author from the Internet Society.
April 12, 2021
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Internet connectivity doesn't reach all the houses
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Ed-Tech Policy Q&A Acting FCC Chair: The 'Homework Gap' Is an 'Especially Cruel' Reality During the Pandemic
Under the new leadership of Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC is exploring broadening the E-Rate to cover home-connectivity needs.
Alyson Klein, March 10, 2021
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Andrew Burstein, 13, participates in a virtual class through Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Delray Beach, Fla., this school year.
Andrew Burstein, 13, participates in a virtual class through Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Delray Beach, Fla., this school year.
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Ed-Tech Policy FCC Takes One Step Closer to Offering E-Rate Funds for Remote Learning Technology
Advocates have urged the FCC to loosen its rules on E-Rate funds so schools can pay for technology that helps students learn remotely.
Mark Lieberman, February 1, 2021
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Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting to vote on net neutrality.
Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for an FCC meeting to vote on net neutrality. 
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Ed-Tech Policy Dawn of an Education-Friendly FCC? Chairman Ajit Pai Moving On
The FCC chairman plans to step down from his role at the end of President Donald Trump's term on Jan. 20.
Alyson Klein, November 30, 2020
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Classroom Technology How Massive K-12 Bond Issues During COVID-19 Are Shaping School Technology Plans
Interest rates are low and remote and hybrid learning continues, but some experts question using bonds to pay for devices and connectivity.
Benjamin Herold, November 17, 2020
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Ed-Tech Policy From Our Research Center Many Students Still Lack Home Internet. Here's How Big the Problem Is.
Only 11 percent of school district leaders and principals said all their students have the home internet access they need to fully participate in virtual instruction.
Mark Lieberman, October 14, 2020
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Ed-Tech Policy Districts: Here's How to Get Some Help With the E-Rate
Ed tech officials: Confused about the E-Rate? The State Educational Technology Directors Association is on the case.
Alyson Klein, October 6, 2020
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IT Infrastructure Reported Essay Internet Access Is a Civil Rights Issue
In the world’s wealthiest country, why is broadband access denied to so many and in such high numbers? Mark Lieberman investigates.
Mark Lieberman, September 23, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Opinion FCC Commissioner and Former Ed. Secretary: We Need a National Policy on Internet Access
We can close the gap in home-internet connectivity for students, but we must act now, urge Jessica Rosenworcel and John B. King Jr.
Jessica Rosenworcel & John B. King Jr., August 3, 2020
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Ed-Tech Policy 1 in 3 American Indian, Black, and Latino Children Fall Into Digital Divide, Study Says
Nearly 17 million children lack high-speed internet at home that's considered crucial to their ability to participate in remote learning during the pandemic, according to a new study.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 22, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Why Helping Families Access the Internet Is So Challenging
Internet access remains out of reach for millions of homes across America, but federal officials don't agree on the scale of the problem.
Mark Lieberman, May 26, 2020
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Ed-Tech Policy Ed-Tech Groups to Congress: More Than $5 Billion Needed to Address Internet Access Gaps
Schools need help from the federal government to prepare millions of U.S. students for remote learning this fall and beyond.
Mark Lieberman, April 30, 2020
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