"The past year has demonstrated the critical importance of online connection. Leaders and decision-makers in Washington D.C. must hear from applicants, and our survey is an opportunity to submit feedback easily and confidentially," said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning.
EDMOND, Okla. (PRWEB) April 19, 2021
Funds For Learning, the nation's leading E-rate compliance services firm, has opened its 11th annual survey of E-rate applicants to understand how the program can best serve schools and libraries. The 2021 E-rate Applicant Survey arrives as school systems forecast the future of remote, hybrid and in-person learning environments. Stakeholder input will be compiled and delivered directly to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
E-rate applicants are encouraged to submit anonymous responses until May 15, 2021. Survey response data will inform key policymakers and administrative members in maintaining the E-rate program's value and adapting funding to meet stakeholder needs. Participation in last year's survey had a record-breaking 2,138 responses submitted.
"The past year has demonstrated the critical importance of online connection," said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. "Leaders and decision-makers in Washington D.C. must hear from applicants, and our survey is an opportunity to submit feedback easily and confidentially."
Throughout the survey's 11-year history, the E-rate program has seen major regulatory and procedural shifts. This year, Congress created the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a new funding source that contains $7.1 billion for off-campus internet connections to be distributed to E-rate applicants. Beginning in FY 2021, Category Two budgets reset and are now calculated on a school or library system basis, whereas they were previously calculated at the site level.
E-rate survey results will be shared in the Funds For Learning E-rate Trends Report, which is submitted into the official docket for review by FCC staff, circulated to Congress and the media and shared with the general public.
The 2021 E-rate Applicant Survey can be found here.
About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning, LLC, is a compliance firm specializing in the federal E-rate funding program for schools and libraries. Funds For Learning supports E-rate stakeholders in all 50 states, helping them navigate the application process to receive support for internet access and Wi-Fi connectivity. To deliver applicant feedback to the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, Funds For Learning coordinates the annual E-Rate Trends Report. For more information, please visit http://www.fundsforlearning.com.