As officials mull changes to the federal E-Rate program, some are asking whether the program, which funds Internet services for schools and libraries, should also provide resources to connect students to the Internet outside of school. During the recently concluded public comment period for the changes, several firms, including McGraw-Hill Education and Sprint, called on the Federal Communications Commission to permit schools to extend their broadband efforts beyond school buildings. Critics, however, say the program already is oversubscribed.

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