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E-rate Cybersecurity Resources

On July 12, 2023, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a proposal for a three year, $200 million pilot program to support cybersecurity for K-12 schools and public libraries. If adopted, the proposal would open a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to seek comment on how a pilot program should be structured “to support cybersecurity and advanced firewall-related services for eligible K-12 schools and libraries.” Notably, the proposal seeks to “establish the pilot program within the Universal Service Fund, but separate from the E-Rate program, to ensure gains in enhanced cybersecurity don’t come at a cost of undermining E-Rate’s success in promoting digital equity.”

The cybersecurity pilot would be the third phase of Rosenworcel’s “Learn Without Limits” program aimed at modernizing the E-rate program. The first phase of the program would allow E-rate support for Wi-Fi access on school buses, and the second phase would provide E-rate funding for Wi-Fi hotspots to be circulated as assets by public library systems.

Details about the cybersecurity pilot have yet to be published, but Funds For Learning can help you stay informed. By providing your contact information below, you can be sure to receive information about the latest news, analysis, events, and other resources for K-12 cybersecurity funding:

Cybersecurity Updates

E-rate Cybersecurity News

Firewall Report Provided to FCC – July 11, 2023
Continued Support for Cybersecurity – June 2, 2023
Cybersecurity Support Continues – April 14, 2023
Widespread Support for E-rate Cybersecurity – Februrary 16, 2023
Safeguarding K-12 From Cybersecurity Threats – January 27, 2023
Firewall and Network Security Comments Sought by FCC – December 14, 2022
Firewall Support: Big Impact with Little Cost to USF – December 12, 2022
FCC Urged to Reevaluate Its Abilities to Combat K-12 Cyber Threats – December 9, 2022
LACOE Calls for E-rate to Support Cybersecurity – December 7, 2022
FFL Discusses Cybersecurity Pilot Proposal – November 23, 2022
Support for Network Security Solutions – November 23, 2022
Cybersecurity Pilot Proposal Presented to FCC Chair’s Office – November 22, 2022
Cybersecurity Pilot Program Proposed – November 17, 2022
Estimating Cybersecurity’s Impact on C2 Funds – October 21, 2022
Urgent Need to Combat Cybersecurity Threats in Schools Emphasized – September 16, 2022
Cyber Attacks Threaten Communities – September 9, 2022
School Bus Wi-Fi will Help; Cybersecurity is Required – May 13, 2022
SHLB Coalition Voices Support for Cybersecurity – November 8, 2021
Groups Meet with FCC to Discuss Cybersecurity – October 20, 2021
FCC Can Help K-12 Cybersecurity – October 15, 2021
Cybersecurity Petition Filed with FCC – February 10, 2021
Cybersecurity Support is Needed – September 25, 2020
Schools Need Option to Secure Networks – May 29, 2020
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