As more schools integrate technology in the classroom, the Federal Communications Commission has recognized the need to help schools access the infrastructure -- such as Internet connections, improved bandwidth and wireless networks -- that make such programs a success. However, an early draft of the FCC's revision of the E-Rate program does not include more funding for such work. Instead, the FCC is hoping to streamline the program, in part, by making it more cost-effective for school districts. That includes helping schools buy in bulk and organizing purchasing agreements.
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