The Federal Communications Commission approved FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposal to increase E-rate funding to meet high-speed broadband needs today.
Chairman Wheeler's proposal calls for increasing the E-rate cap by $1.5
billion, which brings total funding for the program to
approximately $3.9 billion per year.
According to a fact sheet released
by Wheeler, "63% of public schools--over 40 million students--don't
have broadband connections to the building capable of taking advantage
of modern digital learning."
universal service fee, which is included on phone bills, will now increase
by $0.16 per month for individual payers with the Commission's approval of the E-rate cap increase..
As you may recall, the FCC voted in July to increase funding for Wi-Fi connections in schools and libraries.