Great Connectivity Expectations

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Keys to unlocking the most value from new e-rate funding.

GUEST COLUMN | by Jason King

FCC E-RateAs many children and teachers head back to school, they are bringing with them a plethora of wireless devices to use as educational tools in the classroom. They are also bringing with them great connectivity expectations. While the quality and availability of wireless connectivity may not be a concern at some K-12 institutions, there are still many schools and libraries struggling to find affordable wireless services and provide reliable Wi-Fi to students, faculty and guests.

The FCC recently made the most sweeping changes to the E-Rate program in 18 years, greatly expanding the opportunity for K-12 school districts to implement Wi-Fi.

To help address this issue, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) developed the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support program, commonly known as the E-Rate program. The program’s goal is to help schools…

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