Funds For Learning asks FCC for more E-rate funding

Funds For Learning is requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provide more funding for the E-rate program.
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Funds For Learning is requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provide more funding for the E-rate program.

In an open letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, John Harrington, chief executive officer of Funds For Learning, requests that the commission increase the available funding in the E-rate program. Funds For Learning is inviting E-rate stakeholders and supporters to sign the online petition before it is delivered to the FCC in early 2012. A presentation depicting the open letter to the FCC is available for viewing here.

Funds For Learning has posted the open letter, presentation and additional background information online, and is encouraging others to sign the online petition in support of this initiative.



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