The time school districts waited
to discover the fate of their
After waiting, districts are still
to be denied.
Last year, a number of stakeholders advocated for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the delays and denials that impacted schools from getting the fiber connections needed for digital learning.
Now, the FCC has directed the Universal Service Administrative Company to eliminate the red tape in the delayed E-rate application process; however, 28% of these schools were still denied funding to upgrade their networks.
In 2018, E-rate applicants filed for more than $430M for broadband construction. If the unfair denials continue, this could prevent $120 million in broadband construction for 78 applicants based on historical denial rates.
Red tape is stalling classroom connectivity across the country and
the negative impact is ultimately felt by teachers and students.