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

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

Jon Reid
Jon Reid

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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