Results indicate respondents rely heavily on E-rate for Internet and telecommunications; Ninety-four percent indicated the program is critical to the success of their school

EDMOND, OKLA. (Oct. 18, 2012) – Funds For Learning, the nation’s largest E-rate compliance firm, today announced the release of the survey results from its nationwide survey of E-rate applicants. In its new whitepaper, “2012 Survey of E-rate Applicants,” Funds For Learning underscores the respondents’ reliance on the E-rate program and their priorities as the program moves forward.

The majority of respondents indicated that the E-rate program was crucial to their success, and also expressed their desire for the FCC to focus on increasing the amount of E rate funding.

“The results clearly show that schools rely on E-rate funding for Internet access and telecommunications,” said Cathy Cruzan, president of Funds For Learning. “The majority of respondents expressed concern over the lack of adequate funding for the program.”

Key survey findings addressed in the whitepaper include:

  • Ninety-four percent of respondents indicated that E-rate funding is critical for the success of their school.
  • Forty-two percent of respondents cited wireless access as the highest priority amongst a choice of popular technology initiatives.
  • Fifty-eight percent of respondents indicated that increasing the amount of E-rate funding is very important.

“Internet access and advanced telecommunications currently play a critical role in classrooms across the nation, and we expect that trend to continue,” said Brian Stephens, senior technology and regulatory analyst at Funds For Learning. “The feedback we received through the survey emphasizes the need for an increase in the annual E-rate funding cap. It also provides vital information which helps us further our E-rate stakeholder advocacy efforts.”

Click here to download the whitepaper for free.

About Funds For Learning Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student Internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning has more than 150 combined years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program, and exists to provide high-quality solutions for the needs of E-rate stakeholders. For more information, visit or phone 405-341-4140.

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