Funds For Learning Reveals Initial Insights to E-Rate Program Impact

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Preliminary results from the seventh annual nationwide survey of applicants reinforce the vitality of the E-rate program for schools and libraries

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While the political climate has shifted, one thing has remained the same: E-rate is vital and will continue to play an indispensable role in connecting schools and communities.

Changes in leadership in the White House and the FCC have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-rate program to deliver safe and proper broadband connections to students in the U.S. In an effort to understand how the largest federally funded education program serves schools and libraries, Funds For Learning has conducted its annual E-rate applicant survey to gather important insights about the 2017 filing window. According to initial feedback, E-rate recipients continue to rely on E-rate funding to provide connectivity for schools and libraries across the nation.

“Certainly, the E-rate program is not without its challenges, but the fundamental nature of the program remains as strong as ever,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “While the political climate has shifted, one thing has remained the same: E-rate is vital and will continue to play an indispensable role in connecting schools and communities.”

Key 2017 initial survey findings include:

  • 87 percent of respondents said E-rate funding is vital to their organization’s internet connectivity goals.
  • 79 percent said that they have faster internet connections to their sites because of E-rate.
  • 78 percent of respondents said they were able to connect more students and library patrons to the internet because of the E-rate program.

This year, approximately 1,100 applicants completed the survey, representing about five percent of all school and library applicants nationwide. In an effort to aid policymakers, administrators and other E-rate stakeholders, full results from the survey will be made available in the fall to help inform the administration of the E-rate program.

To learn more about initial findings from the survey, stop by booth 2028 during ISTE. Visit https://www.fundsforlearning.com/2017ErateTrends.php to sign up to receive complete results this fall.

About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit http://www.FundsForLearning.com or phone 405-341-4140.

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