There’s still time to have an impact on the future of the E-Rate thanks to the extension of the deadline for filing comments to Nov. 8. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted this extension following the recent 16-day government shut down.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) members from around the country continued to share their voices through an online form on the association’s web site. To date more than 1,000 individuals have filed comments on the E-Rate update and ISTE has generated approximately 40 percent of the filings.
ISTE Board Members Betsy Goeltz, Kathy Schrock and Sheryl Nussbaum Beach are among those who have told the FCC about the value of the E-Rate program. Each offered a different perspective on the success of the program, but all three urged the Commissioners to increase the program’s funding to at least $5 billion to meet current demand. Educators interested in joining these ISTE Board Members and others around the country to tell the FCC about the ways E-rate has improved teaching and learning in their schools or districts should visit: https://www.iste.org/about-iste/advocacy/e-rate.