Second E-rate Filing Window Eases Remote Learning Burden on School Networks September 16, 2020
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2020) - Today the Federal Communications Commission announced a second filing window for E-rate funding year 2020. Schools have until October 16, 2020 to request funding for the additional bandwidth needed for remote learning.
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, made the following statement:
“With nearly every school district in the country relying on some form of online learning, many school broadband networks need to upgrade their Internet capacity immediately to handle the surge in online usage. The SHLB Coalition applauds the FCC for granting the State E-rate Coordinators Alliance's request that schools have the opportunity to obtain supplemental E-rate funding to purchase additional bandwidth so that students can continue learning without interruption.
“Unfortunately, there are still 15 to 16 million students without the devices and home internet access they need to show up for class. We hope the Commission will take the next step to allow E-rate funds to cover the cost of broadband for students at home, as the SHLB Coalition requested back in March of this year.”
The SHLB Coalition previously filed an ex parte asking the FCC to provide E-rate support for schools’ immediate bandwidth needs.
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 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, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.