- Overall demand for broadband Internet access has remained very steady at around $2 billion per year. This is a remarkable statistic given the increased bandwidth to most school and library sites. The overall lower price paid per megabit is having a significant impact bringing much faster speeds to schools and libraries, often times for little to no additional expense.
- The demand for discounts on voice services has gone to nearly zero. Unfortunately, this statistic reflects the FCC’s change in the E-rate eligible service list. It does not represent the practical reality for schools and libraries who still pay for local phone service.
- Demand for on-campus projects (i.e. “internal connections”) is at $745 million, down from $900 million in FY2017.
- The count of applicants declined by nearly 2,000. This trend is led by small schools and libraries (who lack the time and expertise to comply with confusing E-rate guidelines) and applicants who previously only requested discounts on telephone service.
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