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Weekly News Digest

July 17, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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E-rate Program Gets Bigger Wi-Fi Budget

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) updated the E-rate Program to allow the addition of more Wi-Fi networks to U.S. schools and libraries. According to the FCC’s plan, which raises E-rate’s Wi-Fi budget by $2 billion, 10 million more students will have access to communication technologies for digital learning in 2015.

According to the FCC’s Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the expansion of E-rate accomplishes the following three goals: 1) expanded funding for Wi-Fi networks that will be distributed across the country, with special attention paid to rural and poor districts, 2) more cost-effective spending for E-rate through improved pricing transparency, increased consortia and bulk purchasing, and the enforcement of existing rules, and 3) a streamlined and simplified E-rate application process and better program administration.

Source: FCC

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