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NSBA Urges Approval of Vital FCC Proposal in Support of E-rate Program Modernization

December 5, 2014

Alexandria, VA  (Dec. 5, 2014) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) applauds the efforts of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler to infuse $1.5 billion into the E-rate program, and is placing its support on-record in advance of a December 11 Open Meeting in which a second FCC Report and Order on modernizing the E-rate program will undergo consideration.

“We fully support FCC Chairman Wheeler in his timely and important action to increase our nation’s investment in the E-rate program,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director, National School Boards Association (NSBA). “It is essential that America’s public schoolchildren gain the high-speed Internet access required to inform and support 21st century teaching and learning.”

If adopted, the proposed FCC action will give millions of school-age children – particularly those in rural and remote communities – long-awaited access to high-speed Internet connections.  Students, community members, and thousands of schools and libraries stand to benefit, with at least 10 million of America’s neediest student gaining access to WiFi in 2015.

“This proposed new investment in E-rate can elevate America’s productivity and competitiveness,” said Lucy Gettman, Deputy Associate Executive Director for NSBA’s Office of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy. “Closing the school and library connectivity gap and preparing students for success in today’s global economy supports teachers, students, and communities and empowers career and college readiness.”

NSBA is steadfast in its support for the ConnectED initiative and recently launched “Leading the Digital Leap” with AASA, the School Superintendents Association and the Consortium for School Networking, to help K-12 school district leaders strengthen their digital advocacy and advance digital learning in their districts. For nearly twenty years, NSBA has supported the goals of the E-rate program to increase Internet connectivity and provide digital learning opportunities to underserved students, schools, and libraries.

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About NSBA
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

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