Proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Complete E-rate Modernization and Improve Connectivity for America’s Students

On November 17, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to complete the modernization of the federal E-rate program, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years. EducationSuperHighway applauds the Chairman for moving swiftly to bring greater educational opportunity to every student in America.

In July, the FCC took the first step to update the 18-year-old E-rate program by voting to improve transparency, set connectivity goals, phase out legacy services, and upgrade Wi-Fi in schools. But it was clear there was more work to do to bring affordable and scalable broadband to every school and library. The Chairman’s plan moves to close that gap by connecting all schools and libraries to fiber, improving the affordability of broadband through enhanced competition and choices for schools, and increasing the resources in the program to account for growing bandwidth demand.

“Chairman Wheeler has demonstrated incredible leadership and commitment to ensuring that all of America’s students can take advantage of the promise of digital learning,” said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway. “I am encouraged by the Chairman’s proposal to improve fiber access to our rural communities and to drive down the cost of broadband by increasing the competitive options for our schools and libraries.”