FCC Offers Schools Additional Wi-Fi Funding
In yesterday’s post I talked about some ideas for digital signage in education. Coincidentally I learned that the Federal Communications Commission has changed the E-Rate program. For those of you not familiar with e-Rate it was implemented in 1997 and largely funded pagers and phones for schools. (That’s right, pagers!). It’s now (finally) redirecting its $2.4 billion funding to broadband and Wi-Fi and kicking in an additional $2 billion for Wi-Fi. Although this doesn’t directly apply to digital signage for schools it does support the backbone network that supports digital signage networks. We’re excited about it.
Here’s an EdSurge article that sums up the changes: https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-11-fcc-approves-e-rate-reform-to-boost-funding-for-broadband