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Chairman Wheeler Statement on SOTU Address and FCC's E-Rate Program

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Released: January 28, 2014

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January 28, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN TOM WHEELER

ON THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND THE FCC’s E-RATE PROGRAM

Washington, D.C

. – FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler issued the following statement today:
“Harnessing the power of digital technology is central to improving our education system and our
global competitiveness. In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-
art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive. The
Federal Communications Commission shares the President’s commitment to seizing the opportunities of
digital learning, which is why we’ve already launched an effort to modernize our successful E-Rate
program – the nation’s largest education technology program. By applying business-like management
practices to E-Rate, we can take steps this year that will make existing funds go farther to significantly
increase our investment in high-speed broadband connectivity for schools and libraries for the benefit of
our students and teachers. Together, with my fellow Commissioners, Congress, educators and other
stakeholders, we can ensure that all of America’s students get a 21st-century education.”
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