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The FCC rescinded a report showing its own program has helped spur falling bandwidth prices and new access to high-speed broadband for schools and libraries.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

September 15, 2016

E-Rate Requests for High-Speed Internet Connections Keep Growing

School and library requests for federal support for many high-speed Internet connections more than doubled since 2015, according to a new analysis by Funds for Learning.

September 08, 2016

Schools Should Widen Bandwidth Capacity, State Ed Tech Directors Say

State and federal officials convened on Capitol Hill for the release of SETDA's latest report that calls for more robust broadband connections to schools and a bridging of the homework gap.

June 14, 2016

Net Neutrality Rules Upheld by Federal Appellate Court

The powerful D.C. circuit court gave the Federal Communications Commission a major win by sustaining controversial 2015 rules that protect an "open" internet.

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