FCC and GSA Team Up to Help Schools and Libraries Save Money on Wi fi


Jon Wilkins

Acting Handling Director

FCC and GSA Team Up to Help Schools and Libraries

Correcting the lack of robust Wi-Fi in schools and libraries is a major focus of our E-rate modernization efforts. Nearly 60 percent of schools in America lack sufficient Wi-Fi to provide their students and teachers with modern educational tools, and far too many schools simply have no Wi-Fi at all. As the President said a year ago in announcing the particular ConnectED initiative, which called for high speed wireless connectivity in all schools and libraries, “[i]n a Nation where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn’ t we have it in our institutions? ”

The Chairman circulated an Purchase that will take steps to modernize the particular E-rate program last week, but responsibility to resolving the Wi-Fi space in our nation’ s schools and libraries does not end there. Supporting the Chairman’ s two overarching goals for the E-rate modernization proceeding – ensuring all schools and libraries have access to high speed broadband and maximizing the cost-effectiveness of E-rate supported purchases – the FCC and the U. S. General Solutions Administration (GSA) have entered into a to partner to deliver to institutions and libraries the opportunity to consolidate their purchasing power and save substantial money on wireless access points, routers, and the other equipment they need to deploy modern, robust Wi-Fi systems. We expect this opportunity to be accessible for E-rate applicants in Financing Year 2015.

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