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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
3 min read
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
5 min read
Ed-Tech Policy 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
3 min read
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
1 min read
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Infrastructure 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
7 min read
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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
5 min read
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
2 min read
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
3 min read
Ed-Tech Policy 5 Insights for How to Tackle the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus and Beyond
Districts are scrambling to purchase new equipment and help families connect to the internet, all while waiting on policy changes for broader relief.
Mark Lieberman, April 21, 2020
4 min read
Ed-Tech Policy FCC Extends E-Rate Deadlines to Help Schools During School Shutdowns
The FCC said in a statement that the "unprecedented circumstances" brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak merited the deadline extensions.
Jake Maher, April 1, 2020
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy FCC, Congress Weigh Overhaul of E-Rate to Fund Remote Learning
The Federal Communications Commission is engaging Congress to expand funding for in-home connectivity and devices for teachers and students grappling with the coronavirus crisis.
Brian Bradley, March 20, 2020
3 min read
Ed-Tech Policy 'We Just Work Our Way Around It.' CTO Challenges in a Rural District
Internet connectivity, recruiting staff, and finding partners to learn from are all big challenges for an ed-tech leader in a district off the coast of Alaska.
Alyson Klein, January 2, 2020
4 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Cries of 'Hunger Games' Follow Proposed Ed-Tech Funding Caps
Fans of the E-rate worry that rapid progress could be threatened by a Republican-backed effort to place new restrictions on the amount of money the E-rate program can dole out to help schools and libraries improve connectivity.
Alyson Klein, June 14, 2019
5 min read
Ed-Tech Policy 'Mission Accomplished' on K-12 Internet Connectivity: A Conversation With Evan Marwell
Evan Marwell, the founder and CEO of EducationSuperHighway, spells out why school internet connectivity is "mission accomplished," what still needs to be done in education technology, and how to push big changes in K-12.
Alyson Klein, May 15, 2019
8 min read