U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement in reaction to the Federal Communications Commission voting to modernize the E-Rate Program and make strides toward expanding Internet access to schools and students across the country.
"Today's action by the Federal Communications Commission to update the E-rate program is an important milestone on the path toward realizing President Obama's ConnectED vision. Because of this vote, an additional $2 billion will be made available to provide 20 million more students with high-speed Wi-Fi in their classrooms and libraries over the next two years. We commend the FCC on this key vote and for its continued commitment to increasing vital school and library Internet connectivity, which we believe will help more students get a great education, train them for the jobs of the future and continue to build a more competitive U.S. economy. While more work will be needed to meet the President's goal of connecting 99 percent of students in their classrooms and libraries over the next four years, today's vote is a major step forward."