U.S. Schools, Libraries Receiving $1.5B From FCC To Upgrade Broadband Access
FCC Chairman Thomas. E. Wheeler
U.S. citizens already pay 99 cents per phone line each month to the E-Rate program. That fee will increase to $1.15. “If demand for E-rate funds from schools and libraries ramps up to reach the full $3.9 billion cap, the estimated additional cost to an individual rate payer would be approximately 16 cents a month, about a half a penny per day or about $1.90 a year – less than a large soda at (a) fast food restaurant or a cup of coffee,” the FCC said in a statement.
Schools love the program and point to high-speed Internet as a critical educational tool. There are many schools in the U.S. that still have limited Internet access, particularly in rural areas. According to a statement by the FCC, 65% of public schools “don’t have broadband connections to the building capable of taking advantage of modern digital learning.”