On September 10, 2013, FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn addressed an audience at an education technology event hosted by Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, Common Sense Media, the LEAD Commission, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Clyburn discussed some of the successes of the E-rate program but stated, “We recognize that we are not where we need to be on digital learning, both relative to other nations, and to the rate of technology adoption, in other sectors of society.” She added, “One of the biggest obstacles to seizing these opportunities is inadequate bandwidth at our schools and libraries. Simply put, our schools need faster high-capacity connections, and they need them now.”
Acting Chairwoman Clyburn encouraged all stakeholders to “weigh in” on the reform process. E-rate stakeholder comments are due Monday, September 16th and instructions on filing a comment can be found here.