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Ed Tech Leaders Applaud FCC Decision to Increase Funding for Broadband by $1.5 Billion a Year

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Ed Tech Leaders Applaud FCC Decision to Increase Funding for Broadband by $1.5 Billion a Year

To pay for the increase in funding, the FCC expects that a consumer or business will see their telephone bills increase by about 16 cents a month or $1.90 a year. Before today’s vote, E-rate funding had been capped 16 years ago at $2.25 billion a year. The new funding comes in response to the fact that a large majority of public schools don’t have broadband. As Tom Murray, state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education, “With two-thirds of our nation's schools not having the needed connectivity, getting on WiFi in many of our schools is like sucking peanut butter out of a straw. We must close the connectivity gap to be able to close the achievement gap.”
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