“American students should not have to wait for digital opportunities while funds contributed by their parents sit in a Washington account and FCC proceedings languish. We can and must do better.”
Today FCC Commissioner Pai proposed common sense reforms for the agency’s E-Rate program, which will also be addressed in a Senate hearing tomorrow. The FCC disburses $2 billion every year through this program to connect schools and libraries to digital communications networks.
Commissioner Pai noted that the E-Rate program has successfully increased broadband Internet access in schools and libraries since its inception. Like all government programs, however, the E-Rate program is also subject to the potential for waste, fraud, and abuse. This potential has manifested itself in the E-Rate program as unnecessary delay and complexity, misplaced priorities, and poor incentives. Read More