Thursday, December 11, 2014

FCC Approves E-rate Cap Increase

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."

The 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.

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