Boost for Broadband?


Tom Wheeler FCC Chairman
Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced plans to bring changes to the federal E-rate program, which supports K-12 schools and libraries and has an annual budget of $2.4 billion. Among the newly proposed policies:

    • A $2 billion increase for broadband funding over the next two years;
    • Applications in the current 2014 funding cycle that “get the most students the most broadband,” without favoring urban school systems, will be prioritized;
    • Opportunities for greater productivity in use of funding in the program will be prioritized after an ongoing, internal review;
    • The release of a public notice soon that emphasizes phasing out outdated “legacy services” and focuses on broadband; and
    • Prioritizing rather than penalizing, applications from groups of schools.


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