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Funds For Learning Reveals Student Connectivity Data

Happy Digital Learning Day! To celebrate, Funds For Learning (@FFL) shares student connectivity findings that illustrate the current realities of digital learning. This year, digital learning takes on a whole new meaning as 2016 has the potential to award $5.8 billion in E-rate funding.
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Funds For Learning Reveals Student Connectivity Data

E-rate consulting firm highlights data for Digital Learning Day

Edmond, Okla. (Feb. 17, 2015) – In recognition of Digital Learning Day, an effort by the Alliance for Excellent Education to engage students and empower educators through effective use of digital tools, Funds For Learning shares key data about the importance of student connectivity initiatives for schools everywhere.

·97 percent of schools report using Wi-Fi and the majority of those systems need to be replaced soon.

·It costs roughly $250-$350 per student to adequately deploy Wi-Fi on most school campuses.

·65 percent of schools state that Wi-Fi is an “absolute requirement for classrooms.”

·In 2000, school districts nationwide spent $25.35 per student each year for Internet access and telecommunications. In 2015, that number has doubled, reaching $48.62 per student.

“Supporting digital learning is important for all organizations and individuals in education,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “Since there is a potential of $5.8 billion in E-rate funding for 2016, it’s more important than ever to recognize the realities of digital learning and make use of funds to increase connectivity.”

Digital Learning Day provides a venue for education leaders to highlight teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

To view more E-rate funding request data related to digital learning, visit

About Funds For Learning

Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student Internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit or phone 405-341-4140.



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