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November 16, 2017

FCC Approves Lifeline Changes, Seeks Comment on Possible Budget Cap

In a party-line vote, the Federal Communications Commission limited Lifeline support for "premium Wi-Fi" services and issued a new notice of proposed rulemaking.

September 26, 2017

FCC Seeks Comment on Access to WiFi for Schools and Libraries

The E-Rate provided billions of dollars for "category two" requests from schools and libraries. The FCC wants to know how the program is working.

August 15, 2017

Comcast Expands Broadband Program for Low-Income Families

Comcast will offer faster internet speeds and on-the-go Wi-Fi access to customers in a broadband program for low-income households.

May 17, 2017

Questions Over New Construction Projects Raise More Worries About E-Rate's Future

About 100 mostly rural districts planning to use federal dollars to build new fiber-optic networks are now in limbo, causing uncertainty about the E-Rate program.

April 19, 2017

FCC Chairman Wants E-Rate Application Process Improved

An online application portal has "serious flaws" and is over budget, harming schools and libraries seeking funds for telecommunications services, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

April 17, 2017

"Personalized Learning" Guidebook Geared to Rural Districts' Needs

Personalized learning can bring more courses and instructional experiences to rural communities, but internet access remains a barrier, according to a new guidebook from the Future Ready Schools project.

April 05, 2017

Ex-FCC Chair Blasts Efforts to Change Lifeline, Net Neutrality, Privacy Rules

Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler blasted his Republican successor, accusing him of using "smokescreens" and "double speak" on key issues affecting K-12 schools.

February 08, 2017

Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program's Success

The FCC rescinded a report showing its own program has helped spur falling bandwidth prices and new access to high-speed broadband for schools and libraries.

January 23, 2017

Ajit Pai, Net Neutrality Foe and Critic of E-Rate Policies, Named FCC Chair

President Donald Trump's pick for chairman of the influential agency could signal big changes for net neutrality and a new focus for the nation's broadband policies.

October 13, 2016

Telecom Sprint Launches Campaign to Close 'Homework Gap'

The wireless provider pledges to bring connectivity to 1 million impoverished students, by offering them free smartphones, tablets, laptops, and "hotspot" devices.

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