Bloomberg Law
Jan. 26, 2021, 7:48 PM

Education Groups Urge FCC to Steer E-Rate Cash to Remote Learning

Jon Reid
Jon Reid
Reporter

Education advocacy groups are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to allow federal broadband subsidies for schools to be used for off-campus Wi-Fi routers and other virtual learning tools.

The coalition of groups, led by the SHLB Coalition, asked the Federal Communications Commission to issue a ruling that funds in the E-Rate program, which pays for broadband connections to schools and libraries, “may be used to support off-campus equipment and services” to expand remote learning during the pandemic.

The FCC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The petition was filed days after President Joe Biden tapped Democratic commissioner Jessica ...

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