ROBERT P CASEY, JR.
WASHINGTON, DC 20510
LABOR, AND PENSIONS
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING
May I, 2014
The Honorable Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
450 12th Street, SW
Dear Mr. Chairman:
I understand that the Federal Communications Commission is making efforts to modernize theE-rate
program. In your efforts to improve E-rate, I believe that the FCC should maintain those aspects of
the program that are that are already effective, important to my constituents, and vital to the future of
Web hosting provides an important service. School websites enabled by modem web hosting services
are dynamic hubs from which schools perform critical educational functions. Today's school
websites are powerful tools to support community engagement, emergency communication, parental
involvement, and digital learning initiatives.
School administrators tell me that if web hosting services were de-funded, so called "free services"
would be unacceptable as substitutes due to the unique needs of and concerns related to child
privacy, advertising, and security. Without E-rate support for web-hosting, districts might have to
make cuts in other areas of their already-strained budgets to find the means to pay for their service.
Web hosting involves only I% of E-rate funds and is among the most cost-effective services funded
by E-rate. School leaders report that phasing out support for web hosting would create a significant
financial hardship for their districts due to their very limited budgets. These applicants would need to
find additional resources to pay for their non-discounted share of broadband services, which would
undermine the achievement of the FCCs broadband goals.
As the Commission works to modernize E-rate, I urge you to maintain web hosting. I believe that this
step will allow the FCC to maximize its positive impact on America's schools and the future of
education. Thank you for your consideration of my views.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
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