The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has proposed a major increase in the amount of money flowing to the E-rate program—an infusion that much of the education community has been clamoring for as a way to replace slow and outdated technology in schools.
The plan announced last month by Chairman Tom Wheeler would raise the overall funding cap for the program from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion a year. The FCC says the proposed change would result in consumers paying a maximum of an additional $1.90 a year, per phone line, or less than $6 per household.
Despite the broad support for boosting E-rate funding within the education community, Mr. Wheeler’s plan seems likely to provoke a hostile reaction from some quarters of Washington, including the two Republicans on the commission.
A version of this article appeared in the December 03, 2014 edition of Education Week as FCC Chairman Urges Boost in Funding for E-Rate