How to improve the e-Rate

The United States is credited with bringing forth some of the greatest technologies of our time—technologies that are being used today to raise the standard of education for people of all ages, in all circumstances, all around the globe. As a nation, we must take steps to ensure that students and teachers in the United States can benefit from these same resources.

Last month, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, a vision to bring high-speed internet access to 99 percent of our nation’s students within five years. This is a worthy and attainable goal.

A crucial component of the president’s vision is the need to update and reform the federal e-Rate funding program, which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). e-Rate funding reform is desperately needed. The program was created to help our schools and libraries get online. And it has been a success: Today, 16 years after the inception of the e-Rate, most schools and libraries are online; but their computer networks—and their budgets—are straining to meet the demands placed on them.

Read the entire article by John D. Harrington on eSchool News at

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