Common Sense Kids Action Responds to FCC Chairman’s Refusal to Commit to E-rate Program
Statement from James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense
"We are extremely disappointed and concerned that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit V. Pai and nominee Brendan Carr refused to commit to current funding levels for the E-Rate program, an indisputably successful infrastructure program that has connected millions of school children to educational opportunities and future economic success and a program that is celebrated by Republican and Democratic Governors.
"Chairman Pai has praised E-Rate and called it a 'program worth fighting for' and it is no secret that high-quality internet access in schools is critical if we want our students to be able to access the best digital learning resources in the world.
"We cannot afford to go backwards when it comes to our country's commitment to wiring every classroom and are encouraged that at least five senators raised concerns about E-Rate's continuity at today's hearing.
"We urge all of the FCC commissioners to commit to the current funding of the E-rate program to ensure states have the ability to access the funds needed to continue to improve network infrastructure for the benefit of our children."