This week, the FCC hit the $1 billion funding mark, which is quite fast for the E-rate program, meaning that broadband is getting into schools more rapidly and more cheaply.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
A large part of the FCC’s push to manage the E-rate program better is to get WiFi into schools; along with broadband, that obviously allows whole classrooms to make much more efficient use of the Internet access available.
After a visit to a secondary school in Virginia this spring, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler penned a blog post noting that some 60% of American schools lack sufficient WiFi capabilities to serve students. He hopes that the changes in the E-rate program will cause a significant impact in schools and libraries by the 2015 school year.