Red tape is stalling classroom connectivity across the country. Read how.

The E-rate program was established in 1998 and has been successful in connecting 99% of our schools and libraries to basic Internet connections. Today, our schools need high-speed broadband and ubiquitous Wi-Fi. For that reason, the FCC took historic action in 2014 to modernize the E-rate program for today’s digital age.

E-rate Modernization in 2014

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.


July Vote

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.

View FCC July E-rate Modernization Summary


December Vote

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

View FCC December E-rate Modernization Summary

Using E-rate Open Data
to Improve K-12 Broadband

  • Catalyze federal, state, and district action to upgrade schools

  • Track progress toward connecting all schools to high-speed broadband — See 2016 State of the States

  • Improve affordability of broadband — See Compare & Connect K-12