Education Technology Leaders Applaud FCC Decision to Continue E-rate Funding for Web-Based Communications

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FCC Chairman Genachowski encouraging ongoing educational technology innovation.

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Improving communication between students, teachers and families through safe, web-based technologies is one of the most cost-effective ways to help schools improve educational outcomes.

Edline and ePals, providers of online communications solutions for K-12 education, applaud the leadership of Chairman Julius Genachowski on E-rate matters, particularly the decision to continue funding web hosting for schools and libraries. This decision, widely supported by K-12 schools nationwide and by education technology leaders, reflects a forward-looking policy direction that will encourage ongoing educational technology innovation, and foster the most cost-effective use of our nation’s broadband infrastructure for educational purposes.

Edline Chairman Jon Abrams commented, “This is an important FCC decision that will help schools gain access to the most efficient and cost-effective online communication tools available. It also provides schools with much needed financial support at a time when budgets are strained.”

ePals President Ed Fish stated that the benefits of the recent FCC decision extend beyond financial support noting, “Improving communication between students, teachers and families through safe, web-based technologies is one of the most cost-effective ways to help schools improve educational outcomes.”

About Edline
Edline is the leading provider of web-based communications solutions specifically designed for K-12 education. As an industry leader for over a decade, Edline helps thousands of schools succeed through the use of innovative technologies that support learning and enable meaningful online communication and collaboration between teachers, student and families throughout the learning community.

About ePals
A privately-held education technology company, ePals Inc. has created the world's largest K-12 learning network. ePals offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals is used by more than 600,000 educators and reaches more than 25 million students and parents in 200 counties and territories. http://www.ePals.com. Corporate information is available at http://www.corp.epals.com.

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