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eRate Reform, National Public Safety Network FirstNet, Focus of Senate-FCC Oversight Hearing | BroadbandBreakfast.com

At Tuesday’s oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., on Tuesday put the focus on the portion of the Universal Service Fund designed to provide connectivity to schools and libraries, as well as on the public safety network described as FirstNet. The Senate and the agency, he said, “need to think big about the future of eRate.”

 

Touting the success of the eRate in connecting the vast majority of classes to the internet, Rockefeller said it was necessary to continue to ensure that every child has access to the internet – and just how vital the internet is to current education system.

 

“More than 92 percent of classrooms have Internet access,” he said. “But, as impressive and important as this statistic is, basic internet connectivity is not sufficient to meet our 21st Century educational needs. Digital information and technology will continue to play an increasing role in education, so we need to think about how we are going to meet the broadband infrastructure needs of our schools and libraries.

 

Additionally, Rockefeller highlighted the importance of FirstNet, the “nationwide interoperable public safety network that our first responders are owed,” In a like fashion, he said that the internet is vital to fulfilling the needs of students around the country. “If every coffee shop in America can offer wireless connectivity, than by-golly every school should as well,” he said.

 

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Broadband Planning & Big Data for the Lake Michigan Region | Gigabit Fiber Networks | iCAIR

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This coming Tuesday, April 16th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University will host a  workshop and a live webcast as part of the American Planning Association's annual conference in Chicago, IL. 

 

This workshop will cover Gigabit Broadband Planning and Big Data for the Lake Michigan Region and will include the live webcast for regional planners, telecommunications and data professionals, higher education IT professionals and the healthcare industry unable to attend in person. 

 

The link to the live webcast portal is: http://www.digibridge.net/gigabitfiber and includes video archives of past seminars and workshops on the subject.  Remote viewers will find the archived videos instructive and useful as context of Tuesday's webcast.

 

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Petition calls for more eRate funding | eSchool News

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The federal eRate program, which helps schools and libraries connect to the internet, should receive more funding so that more schools and libraries can serve not only students, but community members as well, eRate compliance firm Funds For Learning wrote in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

 

In an open letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning, requests that the commission increase the available funding in the eRate program and invites eRate stakeholders and supporters to sign the online petition before it is delivered to the FCC in early 2012.

 

In the letter, Harrington explains that schools and libraries, especially those in the nation’s poorer communities, rely on the eRate program as “the financial backbone that enables them to keep their sophisticated and expensive telecommunications networks up and running.”

 

“The eRate program has been hugely successful,” said Harrington. “However, with demand outpacing the available funding, it is time to consider how much more funding and regulatory support the commission should allocate to the eRate program, as the increase in funding, or lack thereof, will determine whether any schools or libraries get left behind.”

 

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eRate Reform, National Public Safety Network FirstNet, Focus of Senate-FCC Oversight Hearing | BroadbandBreakfast.com

At Tuesday’s oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., on Tuesday put the focus on the portion of the Universal Service Fund designed to provide connectivity to schools and libraries, as well as on the public safety network described as FirstNet. The Senate and the agency, he said, “need to think big about the future of eRate.”

 

Touting the success of the eRate in connecting the vast majority of classes to the internet, Rockefeller said it was necessary to continue to ensure that every child has access to the internet – and just how vital the internet is to current education system.

 

“More than 92 percent of classrooms have Internet access,” he said. “But, as impressive and important as this statistic is, basic internet connectivity is not sufficient to meet our 21st Century educational needs. Digital information and technology will continue to play an increasing role in education, so we need to think about how we are going to meet the broadband infrastructure needs of our schools and libraries.

 

Additionally, Rockefeller highlighted the importance of FirstNet, the “nationwide interoperable public safety network that our first responders are owed,” In a like fashion, he said that the internet is vital to fulfilling the needs of students around the country. “If every coffee shop in America can offer wireless connectivity, than by-golly every school should as well,” he said.

 

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