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Funds For Learning proposal supports ConnectED implementation

On June 6, 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, a plan to connect 99 percent of U.S. students to the Internet within five years via high-speed wireless and broadband.
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On June 6, 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, a plan to connect 99 percent of U.S. students to the Internet within five years via high-speed wireless and broadband. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been called upon to “modernize and leverage” the E-rate program, including a proposed funding increase. Funds For Learning®, the nation’s largest E-rate compliance services firm, met with the FCC to submit the firm’s E-rate 2.0 proposal, which provides recommended steps for implementing ConnectED.

In October 2012, Funds For Learning released the results of a national survey of E-rate applicants. Ninety percent of survey respondents stated that the E-rate program is critical to their success, and a majority expressed concern over the lack of adequate funding for the program. Full survey results are available online here.

More information about the E-rate 2.0 proposal is online here and here. More information about ConnectED is available here and here.

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Funds For Learning Proposal Supports ConnectED Implementation

Earlier this month, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, a plan to connect 99 percent of U.S. students to the Internet within five years via high-speed wireless and broadband. The FCC has been called upon to “modernize and leverage” the E-rate program, including a proposed funding increase. Funds For Learning met with the FCC to submit the firm’s E-rate 2.0 proposal, which provides recommended steps for implementing ConnectED. The proposal would “create an E‑rate program that is future-ready, equitable, predictable and scalable,” said Funds For Learning CEO John D. Harrington.

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President Obama’s new initiative,ConnectED, aims to connect 99 percent ofAmerica’s students to the Internet throughhigh-speed broadband and high-speedwireless within five years.

Funds For Learning Proposes Plan to Meet E-rate Program Demands

The release of the Funds For Learning E-rate 2.0 Proposal comes on the heels of the USAC demand estimate for Funding Year 2013. Total demand is estimated at $4.98 billion, the third highest in the history of the E-rate program. The demand for Priority One services exceeds the funding cap for the entire program, leaving the $2.27 billion requested for Priority Two services in doubt. The Funds For Learning E-rate 2.0 Proposal restructures the current program, calling for an increase in available funds while basing amount of monies received on a per-student basis. The plan also enables schools to choose their own priorities for E-rate funds.