FCC Announces Proposal to Allow E-Rate Dollars to Cover Hot Spots

November 09, 2023

Earlier this week, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel moved forward with the second part of her Learn Without Limits Initiative (as we covered before, this is a three-tier effort to expand and support student connectivity, including Wi-Fi on buses, hotspots, and cybersecurity). As students and educators increasingly rely on remote educational tools and the online space becomes part of the classroom, the FCC seeks to update the E-Rate program to help meet these educational needs. The FCC had voted last month to immediately implement the use of E-Rate dollars for wi-fi on buses. This latest proposal will start a traditional rule making process, and there will be a 30 day comment period. You can read the press release and full rule.