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E-rate Reform Survey from Funds For Learning

Following the close of the FCC's call for public comments regarding proposed changes to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning is conducting a survey of administrators and school technology leaders about the current state of the program.
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Following the close of the FCC's call for public comments regarding proposed changes to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning is conducting a survey of administrators and school technology leaders about the current state of the program.

Respondents are encouraged to share their thoughts on the impact of E-rate on their school, district or library, and the changes proposed by the FCC, through June 4. After the survey closes, Funds For Learning will aggregate the responses and provide the anonymous results to the FCC and USAC, as well as provide detailed analysis of the survey information on its web site.

The nine question survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014ErateSurvey

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