Last Friday, the FCC unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at reshaping E-Rate, the nation's largest education technology program. AASA applauds the measure and will be extremely active in July, August and September responding to the proposed changes. Stay tuned to the blog for details on how you can be involved and how to submit your comments!
AASA released the following statement in response to the vote: (Word Document)
AASA: The School Superintendents Association, representing more than 10,000 school system leaders across the country applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its continued leadership for the E-Rate program. By approving the E-Rate Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the FCC reflects the thoughtful comments, response and leadership of school and community leaders, parents, educators and students about the need to both preserve and update the E-Rate program, which is critical to supporting school connectivity and student learning.
This action reflects the ongoing conversation between AASA leadership, school superintendents and the FCC and is an excellent complement to the President’s ConnectEd proposal to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to 99 percent of the nation’s students within five years.
AASA looks forward to working with the FCC as we move forward with this rulemaking, and we are committed to the idea that the final conversation will include a permanent, significant increase to the E-Rate funding cap. The increased funding, in addition to accompanying programmatic changes, will bolster the long-term success of both the E-Rate program and the students, schools, and libraries it supports.
AASA welcomes the opportunity to continue to work closely with the FCC, Commissioner Rosenworcel and Senator Rockefeller throughout the NPRM process. E-Rate was featured prominently in our recent advocacy conference, and school superintendents are looking forward to provide meaningful feedback to the NPRM.