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Tell FCC Chairman Pai to keep his promise: Keep our kids connected

We have made great progress through E-rate to connect most schools and classrooms in America. But we haven't finished the job yet.

The federal E-rate program plays a critical role in allowing kids to harness the power of technology in schools and libraries across America. The program, celebrated by Republicans and Democrats, provides access to high-speed broadband and quality wireless network devices for many schools.

Last year, schools received $2.8 billion in federal funding from the E-rate program. These funds are directly applied to improving the local public education infrastructure and allowing our children to harness the power of technology in our classrooms.

Our country's economic prosperity depends on educating our kids so they can compete with their peers around the world. That means access to the best of technology in every school. We have made great progress through E-rate to connect most schools and classrooms in America. But we haven't finished the job yet.

Recently appointed Chairman Ajit V. Pai of the Federal Communications Commission, the federal agency that administers the E-rate program, has previously promised support for the program. However, since becoming chair, he has refused to say whether he plans to propose changes to E-rate. Chairman Pai is scheduled to testify to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet in the weeks to come, and now is our chance to determine his intentions for the E-rate program.

Ask Chairman Pai if he intends to keep his promise and maintain E-rate as it is today!

JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.