Discover the Results
In June 2023, Funds For Learning conducted its 13th annual E-rate applicant survey, designed to gather feedback and insight from the schools and libraries who participate in the program. More than 2,100 responses were submitted by E-rate applicants, a 10% response rate. It is our hope that this information will serve as a catalyst for discussion, new ideas, and ultimately, further improvements to this vital program.
The purpose of this analysis is to provide stakeholders with a broader picture of the E-rate program. The data and information provided is derived from publicly available funding request data and survey responses, and is current as of August 1, 2023.
The Need for Cybersecurity
For the past six years, more than 95% of the respondents to the annual applicant survey have indicated that network security and management products and services should qualify for Category Two funding. Commenters expressed well-researched examples of the real-world financial and social impacts of network security breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cybersecurity incidents, and urged the FCC to take action quickly.
More than 88% of survey respondents recognize the benefits of the E-rate program, highlighting faster internet connections and increased student and library patron connectivity as direct outcomes. In addition, 95% of respondents view E-rate funding as essential to their organization’s Internet connectivity goals, demonstrating the program’s critical role in educational and library institutions.
There are concerns about the program’s complexities and inefficiencies of its procedures. Respondents have highlighted challenges in the review process and reimbursement delays, suggesting a need for more transparency and streamlining.
2023 E-rate Trends Report results Webinar
Join the Funds For Learning E-rate Guides on Thursday, October 12 at 11:00 Eastern time for a panel discussion analyzing the results of the 2023 E-rate Trends Report. You can register for the event here.
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