Broadband & Education
Broadband investment will help us lead the world in 21st century educational innovation. Here’s what the FCC is doing:
The FCC is launching a pilot program that supports off-campus wireless Internet connectivity for mobile learning devices. Education doesn't stop at the schoolyard gate or the library door. Digital textbooks and other mobile learning devices allow students to learn in a real-world context, inside the classroom and beyond. Because of their low cost and accessibility, these mobile devices can also help advance digital equity, particularly for children from economically disadvantaged communities.
The FCC's new E-Rate Order will help bring affordable, super-fast fiber connections to America's schools and libraries. It allows participants to use E-Rate funds to connect to the Internet in the most cost-effective way possible, including via unused fiber lines already in place across the country and through existing state, regional and local networks. With these fiber networks, schools and libraries can provide students and communities with cutting-edge connectivity, while saving millions of dollars.
The FCC is also launching "School Spots" -- where schools have the option to provide Internet access to the local community after students go home. With affordable fiber, these School Spots are a major step toward the National Broadband Plan's goal of connecting an anchor institution in every community to affordable 1 Gbps broadband. School Spots will help ensure that people who otherwise lack access to enjoy the benefits of super-fast broadband.