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Chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces ‘Learn Without Limits’ Initiative

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel recently stated she is optimistic the ruling to include internet access on school buses will pass. The “Learn Without Limits” initiative aims to allocate millions of E-Rate dollars to school bus Wi-Fi implementation.

Proposed Changes to the E-Rate Program Would Allow Support for Wi-Fi Hotspots, Wi-Fi on School Buses

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2023—In a speech at the American Library Association’s annual conference, Chairwoman Rosenworcel announced she is calling on her fellow Commissioners to support new efforts to allow E-Rate funding to support Wi-Fi support on school buses and to support Wi-Fi hotspots so that libraries, school libraries, and schools can check them out to patrons or students in need. The E-Rate program started in 1996 to get funds for libraries to have basic internet connections. Over the years, the FCC has updated it from a program to connect libraries and schools to covering services like installing Wi-Fi throughout the building.

“At the FCC, we want to ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to high-speed internet service. But we know millions of people in this country are on the wrong side of the digital divide. Libraries help fill that gap. They have computer labs. They have classes to teach digital skills. And they help enroll people in our programs to support Internet for all, like the Affordable Connectivity Program,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “These efforts are on top of the day-to-day work you do to help people navigate information, get the facts they are searching for, the services they require, and the support they need to participate in modern life. That’s why it’s time for the FCC to update its E-rate program to reflect these realities to better support libraries and the students and communities they serve.”

In response to the pandemic, Congress created a new program to help meet the adapting connectivity demands of libraries and schools—the Emergency Connectivity Fund. This $7.17 billion fund was designed to ensure that libraries and schools could connect patrons and students at home with funding for devices and connectivity. To date, the program has helped over 17 million students get connected to their schools and teachers.

The proposed changes to the E-Rate program will require a full vote of the Commission, and the text of the E-rate-related items will be released upon their adoption.


Media Relations: (202) 418-0500 / ASL: (844) 432-2275 / Twitter: @FCC / This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974)

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