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NSBA Issue Brief: Education Technology at School and at Home

Since 2010, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Connecting America: the National Broadband Plan, NSBA has worked closely with the agency and Congress to move toward universal broadband access to improve academic achievement. In the last year, three major developments began to change the landscape: modernization initiatives at the FCC for the E-rate and Lifeline programs, and passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

NSBA expresses strong support for Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015

NSBA co-signed a letter with other leading national education organizations to express strong support for the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015. This important piece of legislation will help close the increasingly widening equity and learning gaps that exist between the students who have access to the Internet at home and those who do not. 

FCC: E-Rate will fully fund Wi-Fi requests

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency’s E-Rate program will be able to fully fund Wi-Fi requests in the coming school year. The E-Rate program provides discounts and subsidies to schools and libraries for technology improvements.

NSBA Applauds Historic Action by FCC on E-rate

Statement of the National School Boards Association

Alexandria, Va., (Dec 11, 2014) - The National School Boards Association applauds today’s historic action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize the E-rate program and improve high-speed broadband connectivity for rural and remote schools and libraries across our great nation.

NSBA applauds FCC increase to E-rate program

NSBA's Tom Gentzel and Lucy Gettman with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (center)

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

In a press release, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced it 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 a letter to Chairman Wheeler in advance of a December 11 Open Meeting in which a second FCC Report and Order on modernizing the E-rate program will u

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

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.

School boards applaud FCC proposal to increase E-rate funding

In a joint press release, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and other national organizations expressed their strong support for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to expand students’ and library patrons’ access to the Internet and permanently increase the funding level of the E‐Rate program by raising the cap by $1.5 billion.   

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National Organizations Express Strong Support on FCC Chairman's E-Rate Proposal

Washington, D.C., (Nov. 17, 2014)  – National organizations today today expressed their strong support for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to expand students’ and library patrons’ access to the Internet and permanently increase the funding level of the E‐Rate program by raising the cap by $1.5 billion.  Read the joint press release.

NSBA teams up with AASA and CoSN to launch ‘Leading the Digital Leap’

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), launched Leading the Digital Leap – a joint campaign empowering K-12 superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to strengthen their digital advocacy and enable digital learning in their districts. 

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