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E-rate Survey: Increased Funding Critical for Success

Funds For Learning has released the results of its 2014 E-rate Survey at the ISTE 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta.
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Funds For Learning has released the results of its 2014 E-rate Survey at the ISTE 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta.

Highlights of the results include:

  • 58 percent of respondents expect their budget for telecommunications and Internet access to increase over the next five years.
  • 43 percent said that their technology infrastructure is lagging, and 51 percent said their telephone infrastructure is lagging.
  • 48 percent feel that their Internet access is not adequate for their current needs.
  • In addition to raising the funding cap, the two most popular E-rate changes were to have multi-year funding commitments and to create a type of simplified application paperwork.

Survey respondents include 626 school and library technology leaders representing 44 states and various city, town, suburb and rural districts. The non-scientific study was conducted May 20- June 8, 2014.

Further analysis of the survey results will be available on www.fundsforlearning.com.

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