TechNet Applauds FCC Effort to Modernize E-Rate Program

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July 19, 2013

TechNet Applauds FCC Effort to Modernize E-Rate Program

Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, praises the FCC’s effort to revamp the E-Rate program, which is aimed at bringing faster Internet to schools and libraries.

“TechNet applauds acting chairwoman Clyburn and commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai for initiating this serious review of the E-rate program,” said Alix Burns, acting CEO, TechNet.  “Today’s vote is a welcome step forward in providing our children the tools needed to prepare for the 21st century world. The E-Rate program has always been a pillar of bringing essential technologies to our education system, where it is most needed. But we have reached the point where we must modernize the system, and we must do it expeditiously.

“Technology is advancing at an ever-rapid pace, and with that, we have access to more information and resources than ever before.  It is essential that we are offering American students more than out-of-date and limited learning resources to ensure that our children are armed with the skills they will need to succeed in today’s business environment. Every child in America deserves to be connected to the vast opportunities that are out there, and the E-Rate program has an incredible track record of making this a reality. We look forward to a modernized E-Rate program taking our classrooms beyond the 20th century model and preparing our students for the digital economy.”

About TechNet:

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.

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