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E-rate Bill Addresses “Homework Gap”

On March 12, 2019, Senator Udall (D-NM) and Senator Gardner (R-CO) introduced legislation that would allow school districts to receive E-rate reimbursement for wireless Internet on school buses. Senator Udall and Gardner believe this bill will help address the homework gap that negatively impacts many rural and low-income communities. This bill was introduced last Congress, but no hearings or other action took place. A companion House bill was also introduced on March 12, 2019 by Reps Peter Welch (D-VT) and Debra Haaland (D-NM)
Senator Udall released a press release on this legislation which can be viewed here
Senator Udall’s Senate Floor statement about this legislation can be viewed here.

The Schools, Health, Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) supports this legislation and their press release can be viewed here.

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