E-Rate

NSBA Hails Changes in the FCC E-Rate Modernization Plan as a Positive Step

Alexandria, Va. (July 11, 2014) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) welcomes the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve the long oversubscribed E-rate program, while also noting remaining funding gaps. This was reinforced by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who announced that the FCC will consider added funding for E-rate in a future call for public input.

NSBA Encourages FCC to Modernize E-rate Program

Alexandria, Va. (March 6, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Notice on the Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Focused Comment on E-rate Modernization to modernize the E-rate program and increase the quality and speed of Internet connectivity in our nation’s schools.

NSBA Provides Recommendations to the FCC to Improve the E-Rate Program

Alexandria, Va. (April 4, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel issued the following comments on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Notice on the Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Focused Comment on E-rate Modernization to provide key recommendations to modernize the E-rate program and increase the quality and speed of Internet connectivity in our nation’s schools and libraries.  NSBA applauds the FCC’s proactive efforts to ensure efficient operation and integrity of E-rate; increase the quality and speed of connectivity in our nation’s schools; and address the technology gaps that remain.

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

Read about NSBA’s actions in support of E-Rate, including increasing funding: letters to the Administration and federal agencies, comments, and grassroots calls to action.

Background on Education Technology and E-Rate

E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was first authorized in 1996 to help high-need schools and libraries get Internet access.

NSBA’s Position on Education Technology and E-Rate

NSBA supports E-Rate 2.0 to increase the quality and speed of Internet access in schools and address remaining technology gaps.

Education Technology and E-Rate

NSBA supports federal funding for education technology and E-Rate, the federal program that provides discounts for Internet connectivity for public schools and libraries.

FCC Public Notice: November 3, 2009

The Federal Communications Commission requests input on options for E-Rate modifications to improve broadband deployment.

FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: November 5, 2009

The Federal Communications Commission implements provisions of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

NSBA files comments with FCC on the future of E-Rate

NSBA filed comments with the FCC on November 20, 2009 to strengthen the E-Rate program for schools and libraries.

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