There is a Solution

The federal E-rate program has connected schools and libraries to the Internet since 1996. Unfortunately, that access is not close to what is needed for today’s digital learning tools. A modernized E-rate can pave the way to power networks that last a generation.

A Smarter E-Rate

Shift focus to broadband infrastructure.

E-rate must move away from legacy technologies that are only capable of yesterday’s dial up speeds.

Create a one-time capital investment fund.

Intended to connect every school and library to fiber and every classroom to Wi-Fi, it will allow all schools to meet the connectivity goals proposed by the President, save billions, and put in place the infrastructure needed for a generation.

Increase transparency and accountability.

E-rate can reduce costs and improve efficiency by collecting and releasing more data about network infrastructure, how funds are spent, and what providers charge.

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