Individual school e-rate applicants drop, raising concerns

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The number of schools submitting E-Rate funding applications for FY 2016 has dropped considerably from previous years, raising concerns that many will miss an opportunity to apply for federal subsidies to help pay for high-speed broadband infrastructure upgrades and close the so-called Wi-Fi gap.

The FY 2016 filing window for schools closed on May 26. A total of 190,953 schools and school districts submitted E-Rate applications for FY 2016, representing a drop of nearly 2,700 applicants from the program’s peak participation in FY 2014, according to analysis by Funds for Learning. More…

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