[Library Media] FCC E-Rate Vote to Inject $5 Billion Into Wi-Fi for Schools and Libraries, Passes

Sharon Deeds sdeeds at utah.gov
Mon Jul 14 13:21:09 MDT 2014

>From SLJ

The FCC’s July 11 press release
reads as follows:

*The order as passed maintains E-Rate’s current budget of $2.4 billion and
makes available an additional $2 billion to support Wi-Fi over the next two
years. For the following three years, the program will target $1 billion
annually to Wi-Fi by phasing out support for nonbroadband services, such as
pagers and phones, and increasing efficiencies. The plan is to increase
Wi-Fi funding by 75 percent for rural schools and 60 percent for urban
schools over the next five years, delivering Wi-Fi to an additional ten
million students in 2015.*

The order to modernize e-rate funding will inject $5 billion into the plan
over the next five years toward putting Wi-Fi into schools and libraries
that will, according to the formal announcement on the FCC website
accomplish the following:

• Significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly
to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s
rural and poorest school districts

• Maximize the cost-effectiveness of E-Rate spending through greater
pricing transparency, encouraging consortia and bulk purchasing, and better
enforcement of existing rules

• Streamline and simplify the E-Rate application process and overall
program administration

Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator/Consultant
Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W  Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
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