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The Podium

Wednesday, July 17

Pai on E-Rate Reform

By Brad

Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai laid out his vision for reforming the E-rate program, which helps connect schools with broadband. At Broadcasting & Cable, John Eggerton has a recap:

[Pai]... enumerated his proposed fixes: “First, I propose that we start by allocating the E-Rate budget across every school in America so that every school board and every parent knows up front, on day one, how much E-Rate funding is available… Second, I propose that we redirect spending away from outdated services and toward next-generation technologies that directly benefit students… Third, I propose that we vastly simplify the E-Rate application process…Fourth, I propose to add real accountability and transparency to the E-Rate process.”

The full text of Pai’s speech, which was delivered to the American Enterprise Institute, is available at the FCC website.

 

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