The FCC is doubling down on the investment to connect schools and libraries by allocating $2 billion over the next two years to support broadband service. An estimated 20 million students in at least 15,000 schools will get access to a broadband connection through the expanded program.
To fund these new investments, the FCC said it will redirect existing E-Rate funds to focus on high capacity Internet connectivity, while increasing efficiency and modernizing management of the E-Rate program.
"We will take a business-like approach to the management of the program, identifying opportunities to improve the ways funds are deployed and streamlining the process for schools and libraries," said Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, in a release. Read the full article