Policy Recommendation 1
Address cost issues related to adoption and usage of broadband for educational purposes through a combination of public-private partnerships, targeted funding, and reform of the federal E-rate program.
Educational institutions, teachers, parents, and students face financial barriers that prevent many Americans from accessing transformative broadband-enabled education technologies. Policymakers can help address this issue by supporting public-private initiatives that promote broadband adoption and use in school and at home. They can also support federal policymakers in more efficiently and effectively allocating federal funding in order to ensure that funds are strategically and smartly assigned. Doing so will speed the deployment and adoption of cutting-edge educational technologies. Finally, policymakers at every level must support the modernization of the federal E-Rate program by increasing funding, streamlining the application process, and ensuring that all schools, regardless of location, are eligible to receive funding.
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