- The number of school and library sites with requests for broadband E-rate support remains steady in funding year 2018. About 128,000 sites were listed on Category 1 funding applications for data and Internet access in this year’s filing window.
- About 45,000 sites were listed on Category 2 funding applications for on-campus Wi-Fi networks. This is a slight decline from the previous year, tied primarily to the number of sites that are prohibited from seeking additional discounts because they have “maxed out” their C2 budgets.
- 33,650 sites were listed on funding requests for telephone services. Previously, the most widely requested of discounts, the FCC’s phase out of support for telephone service is nearly complete. This has left schools and libraries shouldering an estimated $800 million in services that formerly qualified for E-rate support.
E-rate Broadband Steady, Voice in Decline
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