How Increasing the E-rate Can Help Our Education Systen
August 1, 2014 by Bradley Hallidc leave a Comment
The Washington Post recently wrote an article discussing a possible
big change for technology in education. The E-rate is a national
discount that offers libraries and schools telecommunications and
Internet access which is commissioned under the Federal
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Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is voting to add
billions of dollars to the E-rate fund. This will affect millions of
students across the country. Former Chairman of the FCC, Julius
Genachowski, and commissioner of the LEAD (Leading Education by
Advancing Digital) Commission, Jim Coulter weigh in on the
necessity to pass this bill.
Genachowski and Coulter commented about how the results of this vote are pivotal to accelerating technology in
schools across the country. E-rate is an 18 year old program that was designed to help school libraries pay their
telecommunication bills. During the start of Internet era, the E-rate transformed to include providing Internet to St
The proposed plan is to redirect $2 billion of funds towards Wi-Fi instillations and upgrades to a select number of
schools across the country. This will directly impact 6 million students this year, and millions more in years to cor
according to the article.
The Washington Post is calling this a "watershed moment" for education technology because it is a major step in
creating the backbone for the implementation of technology in education in the United States.
Genachowski and Coulter believe that immediate action is necessary, so that all teachers can beneﬁt from 21st ce
tools that are becoming universal. Such technology was expensive in the past but with declining cost of laptops, ta
and enterprise Wi-Fi technology, implementing technology into classroom curriculums is more affordable than ev
The article mentions that digital learning has proven to increase student achievement as it empowers teachers an:
increases their overall impact.
This blog post is based off of this Washington Post article.