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FCC money comes from a restructure of an existing program

The FCC has announced that it plans to double the amount of money it spends to bring high-speed internet and wireless connectivity into schools and libraries around the country. The Obama administration had previously promised that it would provide web access to about 20 million students around the country in 15,000 different schools.
The FCC is restructuring the E-Rate program, which generates $2.4 billion yearly in funding to provide money for advanced telecommunications and information services, in order to pay for the increase. As a result, the portion reserved for schools and libraries doubles from $1 billion to $2 billion yearly.
E-Rate is part of the Universal Service Fund that provides connectivity in rural areas and for low-income citizens. Fees attached to everyone’s phone bill help to fund it.
The spending increase in 2014 for schools will reportedly come from funds left over from previous years that went unspent. Other changes include eliminating programs paying for paging services and dial-up internet.
A survey from 2010 showed that half of schools that would receive funds from the new program had internet speeds of 3Mbps or less. The plan is to get all schools access to 100 Mbps broadband by 2015 with connectivity at speeds up to 1Gbps by the end of the decade.

Source: NYT

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Government waste.
By dgingerich on 2/3/2014 10:35:28 AM , Rating: 2
"After the last complete and utter failure, let's throw more money at the problem instead of holding the ISPs up to their end of the previous bargain." Yeah, perfect example of government thinking. This is why I don't trust the government.

RE: Government waste.
By Ahnilated on 2/3/2014 1:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, weren't they given tons of money many years ago to get high speed internet working and nothing happened with that money?

RE: Government waste.
By Salisme on 2/4/2014 7:41:51 AM , Rating: 2
Plenty happened, they created monopolies and padded the politician's pockets.

Drop in the bucket
By pyrophreak on 2/3/2014 12:02:33 PM , Rating: 1
Currently we have almost 100k public schools in the US, the previous $1 billion would average $10 per school so the new $2 billion would average $20 per school. How exactly will this help? There is no 100mb internet where I live but I doubt it costs $20 per year. Probably more like $600-$2400 per year. More likely is that they will pick special 1-2% that get the help. Then they will complain because 50% still don't have access.

RE: Drop in the bucket
By Krotchrot on 2/3/2014 1:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
Your math is off pretty far. $1 billion divided by 100,000 equals $10,000 per school.
Sounds like a lot to me.

RE: Drop in the bucket
By Jeffk464 on 2/3/2014 2:09:34 PM , Rating: 1
Public libraries? Can't we just have a nationwide online public library and save billions of dollars?

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