U.S. Sen. Hassan, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel visit New Hampshire High School

James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 13, 2017 – Today, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), visited ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, N.H.

Serving 750 students from nine neighboring towns, ConVal Regional High School recognizes the need for a steady pace of innovation in its pursuit of learning for all. Central to the innovation and opportunities afforded to ConVal students is connectivity to high speed broadband, which the school and district affords with its E-Rate discount. E-Rate is a Universal Service Fund program administered by the FCC and helps schools and libraries access affordable high-speed connectivity.

“The future belongs to the connected—access to modern communications is necessary to have a fair shot at 21st century success,” said Rosenworcel. “Thanks to Superintendent Saunders as well as the staff and students at ConVal Regional for their warm welcome and for giving us a firsthand demonstration of the power of broadband in education today. Thanks also goes to Senator Hassan for her leadership on these important issues for New Hampshire and the rest of the country.”

Rosenworcel was instrumental in the recent modernization of E-Rate, which updated the program to bring broader access to high speed broadband to schools and classrooms, and expanded funding to ensure more schools and libraries could be served.

“We are pleased to welcome both Senator Hassan and Commissioner Rosenworcel to ConVal Regional High School. Both are respected leaders and proven advocates for access, equity and opportunity in education,” said Kimberly Rizzo Saunders, superintendent, Contoocook Valley Regional School District. “The Senator is relentless in her support for public education, as the Commissioner is in her commitment to ensuring our 24-hour students have 24-hour connectivity. Schools and districts like ours rely on the policy and support of leaders like these two. We are happy to highlight the excellent work going on in our public schools and how we integrate access to broadband to our course offerings, student experience and learning environment.”

Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, added, “As a member of the entity that oversees E-Rate and as a former superintendent, today’s visit is an excellent example of what innovation in education can look like, how policy and program come together to support student learning, and the importance of leadership in all aspects of student learning. AASA commends both Senator Hassan and Commissioner Rosenworcel for their continued support for our nation’s public schools.”

E-Rate provides Internet access to 95 percent of the nation’s students. The program provides funding that is vital to establishing, upgrading and maintaining telecommunications access to schools and libraries.

For specific questions about E-Rate, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.