BIPARTISAN LEAD COMMISSION APPLAUDS FCC CHAIRMAN WHEELER FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH E-RATE MODERNIZATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission today applauded FCC Chairman Wheeler for moving forward with a proceeding to modernize E-Rate, a vital program ensuring our schools and libraries are connected to the Internet.

The following statement can be attributed to the LEAD Commission:

“We applaud Chairman Wheeler for engaging in a 'top to bottom’ review of E-Rate, for his commitment to connecting 99 percent of America's students to high-speed broadband within 5 years, and for the forthcoming detailed plan to expand this crucial program to meet that goal. Chairman Wheeler and the FCC should be commended for moving forward thoughtfully, deliberately and quickly, with the interests of all stakeholders in mind.  We look forward to reviewing the details of this plan and further participating in this proceeding. Students all across the country deserve access to more and better technology, which we know will create real student improvement needed in today's global economy. The FCC proceeding is a critical piece in achieving the promise of digital learning.”

About LEAD Commission

Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Education, the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission was established to determine how technology can help transform education in America. The Commission is co-chaired by Lee Bollinger (President of Columbia University), Jim Coulter (Co-Founder of TPG Capital), Margaret Spellings (Former Secretary of Education) and Jim Steyer (Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media).