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New CIPA Online Safety Requirement

Congress passed the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act" in the final few days of the Congressional session.  The bill updates the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and mandates that schools will have to teach online safety to students in order to receive E-rate funds. The measure has been supported by a large portion of the education community. However, the implementation of the language is less clear as to when this will become effective, what flexibility a school may have and how USAC and the FCC will regulate this new requirement.  Funds For Learning will report when the FCC or USAC provide further guidance.

The full bill can be viewed here .


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