FCC Blueprint Would Restructure E-Rate
The Federal Communications Commission has officially launched an effort to refashion the E-rate program with the release of an ambitious notice of proposed rulemaking , a document that seeks public input on such issues as schools’ use of fiber-optic cable and standards for Web connectivity in schools.
The E-rate , established by Congress in 1996 and overseen by the FCC , provides schools and libraries with funding for discounts on telecommunications services. The aid is derived from fees on telecommunications providers and is designed to improve program applicants’ technological access.
Advocates for improving technology in schools have been clamoring for years for changes to the program, which they say is underfunded and badly antiquated, in terms of the types of Web connections...
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