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October 21, 2014

E-Rate Shakeup: Wi-Fi Money Is Available, but There’s a Catch

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the dollars aren’t needed for basic Internet connections.

The commission’s decision is the latest development in a continuing debate over how E-Rate should be used and what role the government should play in expanding and improving Internet service.

Read the rest of this Roll Call Policy Focus by CQ Roll Call’s education reporter Carolyn Phenicie and your Technocrat reporter here.

And for more on the demand for support for basic Internet connections compared to internal connections (like Wi-Fi), and other facts about E-Rate, check out this related piece.

 

 

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