has been helping U.S. schools and libraries connect to the internet since 1997.
The largest federal education technology program, E-Rate was authorized under
the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and is overseen by the Federal Communications
In 2014, the
FCC approved a massive $1.5 billion annual increase
for the E-Rate program to help schools pay for broadband connectivity and
network infrastructure. The FCC also restructured the program.
restructuring process, educators submitted comments to the FCC, signed ISTE petitions, shared
school broadband stories and tweeted the FCC about the need to increase funding.
This infographic illustrates how the program
has evolved through these recent changes.
In addition to the
funding increase, policy makers implemented many significant
changes to the program. The slideshow below outlines
the new structure of E-Rate to help you plan and develop your programs