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In July and again in December the FCC took great strides to update the E-rate program to help ensure that all K-12 classrooms in America are equipped to support digital learning.
Connectivity goals of 1 Mbps per student of Internet access, wide area networks scalable to 10 Gbps per 1,000 students, and ubiquitous Wi-Fi means schools have clear broadband targets to support digital learning.
Funding for wireless means all schools will be eligible to take advantage of a $150 per student budget to improve Wi-Fi access.
Price transparency means increased negotiating power and lower prices for broadband access and network equipment.
Phase-out of legacy services like paging and voice means double the funding for broadband to support technology use in the classroom.
Funding for fiber means schools that do not have access to high-speed fiber can take advantage of new funds to build fiber.
Expanded competition and options means that schools will have more opportunities to lower their broadband costs.
Increased resources means that an additional $1.5 billion has been added to the program to account for growing bandwidth demand