- This week we watched as the first tiny wave of 2018 fiber optic projects was released. Classrooms are full, and school is back in session, yet 88% of the funds for fast Internet access are being held back by murky procedures.
- 11 months have passed since the education community called upon the FCC to simplify the administration of Category 2 budgets, but there are still no improvements in sight.
It is time for the FCC to remove unnecessary barriers that are holding back our schools and libraries. The E-rate program exists to serve our nation’s communities, and I am grateful for it. We need the FCC, under the leadership of Chairman Pai, to rein in the regulations that are keeping the program from being all that it can be. It is my sincere hope that by the next funding year, 2020, the E-rate program will be set free to do its job. Schools and libraries need the financial help; the E-rate coordinators that work so hard deserve the support; and our students and library patrons demand that we provide them the very best opportunities to learn and grow.