NSBA's Actions in Support of Education Technology and E-Rate

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NSBA's Actions Supporting Education Technology and E-Rate

NSBA supports E-Rate, the federal funding program for broadband and Internet access for public schools and libraries. Find out more about NSBA’s letters to Congress, the administration, and federal agencies, as well as comments, statements, grassroots calls to actions, and other activities.

Federal Legislative Actions

October 1, 2014: NSBA Joins Industry and Education Leaders on E-rate Funding Request
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.

October 1, 2014: NSBA Joins Industry and Education Leaders on E-rate Funding Request
NSBA joined more than 70 other education and industry leaders to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a permanent E-rate funding increase to bring broadband and other digital learning opportunities to schools and libraries. 

October 1, 2014: NSBA Joins Industry and Education Leaders on E-rate Funding Request
NSBA joined more than 70 other education and industry leaders to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a permanent E-rate funding increase to bring broadband and other digital learning opportunities to schools and libraries. 

September 29, 2014: NSBA Comments on Future Funding Needs of E-rate
NSBA applauds the Federal Communication Commission’s inclusion of future funding needs of E-rate in its vision for E-rate modernization, and urges the FCC to approve a permanent increase in funding to the E-rate program to allow schools and public libraries to keep pace with the rapidly increasing connectivity demands that they face. 

July 15, 2014: NSBA Tells Congress "Hands off E-Rate” in Appropriations Bill
NSBA urged the House of Representatives to refrain from amending the E-Rate program in the FY2015 Financial Services appropriations bill, in light of the modernization plan just approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

Federal Agencies Actions

December 4, 2014: NSBA Urges Approval of E-rate Funding Increase at Dec. 11 FCC Proceeding
NSBA urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve a Report and Order that would infuse $1.5 billion in new funding for E-rate at its Open Meeting on Dec. 11, 2014. NSBA applauds this vital FCC action to give America's schoolchildren—particularly those in rural and remote communities—greater access to 21st century teaching and learning. The current funding level for E-rate ($2.45 billion) has been virtually the same since the program was authorized by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This latest step in the modernization of E-rate will allow thousands of additional schools and libraries, including many in rural and remote areas, to gain access to high speed Internet connections, reaching millions of students and community members.

November 17, 2014: NSBA Applauds FCC Proposal to Increase E-rate Funding
"NSBA applauds this vital FCC action to give America's schoolchildren—particularly those in rural and remote communities—greater access to 21st century teaching and learning,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas Gentzel. “Chairman Wheeler's proposal puts children first and affirms the collective call of major education groups to ensure that America's classrooms and libraries have high-speed Internet access and infrastructure.”

July 1, 2014: NSBA Response to FCC Proposal to Modernize E-Rate Program
NSBA expressed deep disappointment in the FCC approach to E-Rate modernization, which lacks adequate funding, eliminates support for some current services, and undermines dissemination of resources based on need. NSBA adamantly calls on the Commission to increase funding for E-rate and to do no harm to current beneficiaries.

November 8, 2013: NSBA Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries
NSBA makes recommendations in addition to those from September 16, 2013, to the FCC regarding modernizing E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.

September 16, 2013: NSBA Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NSBA makes recommendations for E-Rate 2.0 to the FCC regarding modernizing E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.

May 21, 2010: NSBA Comments to FCC on Telephone Consumer Protection
NSBA makes comments to the FCC requesting clarification on requirements regarding communications to wireless devices.

January 11, 2010: Coalition Letter to President Obama
NSBA co-signs a letter to President Obama calling for a strategic investment in innovation by increasing funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program.

November 20, 2009: NSBA Comments to FCC on the Future of E-Rate
NSBA sends comments to the FCC regarding the FCC’s consideration of whether and how E-Rate can be structured to more effectively distribute available funding. 

November 5, 2009: FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
The Federal Communications Commission implements provisions of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Grassroots Calls to Actions and Resources

Learn about NSBA’s grassroots resources.

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