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17 Million Students Lack Home Internet

The 74 Million |

The Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program provides significant discounts on telecommunications services and equipment schools and libraries need for internet service, but that’s where it stops. 

Even before the pandemic, the Government Accountability Office was urging FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to explore ways to expand the program to cover at-home broadband for students. 

But Pai has held firm that he is “duty-bound” by the Communications Act to fund broadband only to schools and libraries — not homes.