SHLB Coalition Statement on Senate E-rate Bill
March 12, 2019


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
(202) 261-6599

Washington, D.C. (March 12, 2019) – Today Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., Cory Gardner, R-C.O., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-N.V., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., introduced a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission to make the provision of Wi-Fi access on school buses eligible for E-rate support.

John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, made the following the statement:

"Wi-Fi on school buses is an increasingly effective method to support students in rural areas, and we are pleased that this legislation would empower schools to take advantage of this innovative technology to address the homework gap. This legislation will help the E-rate program adapt and thrive in response to new technologies. The SHLB Coalition appreciates the efforts of Senators Udall, Gardner, Cortez-Masto, and Whitehouse to raise the visibility of this anchor-led effort."


About SHLB:

The SHLB Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, DC and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit



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