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Schools Need Billions More in E-Rate Funds for Internet Access

E-rate Program Falls Billions of Dollars Short

President Obama's plan to provide all students with high-speed wireless Internet connections in their schools and libraries by 2018 is falling short by billions of dollars. 

An estimated 3.2 billion in new funds are needed, according to Education Week, representing a needed investment "above and beyond the $2.4 billion currently directed to schools and libraries each year as a part of the federal E-rate program."

That sum does not include other billions of dollars needed for broadband connections or to maintain new in-school wireless networks. These projections come from the Washington-based Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and EducationSuperHighway in San Francisco. The two groups joined together to perform an analysis and are calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate $800 million per year in new E-rate funds. 

"Until now, the education community did not have the data to measure the investment required to solve this problem," said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger in a statement. "Now we do."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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