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Funds for Learning® E-rate Proposal

FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rule Making

On July 23, 2013, the FCC released the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) designed to gather input from stakeholders on a broad range of issues. The FCC is seeking feedback on how to ensure that schools and libraries have access to 21st Century connectivity to support digital learning, on how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of E-rate funds and how to streamline the application process. Comments were due September 16, 2013. More

The E-rate program was founded on an incredibly simple, yet powerful principle: getting students connected. Today the E-rate program faces growing demand for needed broadband services, as well as the infrastructure necessary to support that kind of high speed connectivity. The fund itself is not growing at a pace that can keep up.

Drawing from 16 years of experience in guiding E-rate stakeholders through the funding process, Funds For Learning® has developed the Funds For Learning E-rate 2.0 Proposal in order to address these issues. The proposal is outlined in the Reform Coalition Comments submitted to the FCC on September 16, 2013. (Additional comments further detailing the proposal were also submitted by Funds For Learning®.)

More information about the FFL E-rate 2.0 Proposal, as well as historical data regarding program demand has been gathered below. If you have questions or ideas you would like to share with us regarding our proposal, please email us at

E-rate Need Has Tripled
Click the image above to view a video overview of the Funds For Learning E-rate 2.0 Proposal.