LEAD COMMISSION PRAISES FCC’s PASSAGE OF PLAN MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL E-RATE PROGRAM

December 11, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission released the following statement praising the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for passing a plan to modernize and expand funding for the federal E-rate program:

"The LEAD Commission commends the FCC for taking necessary steps to modernize and increase funding for the E-Rate program,” said LEAD Commissioner and Co-Founder of TPG Capital Jim Coulter.  “In a technology-driven, and globally competitive economy, connecting our schools and libraries with access to high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi is essential to learning and student success. E-rate has been a critical part of expanding access to basic Internet connectivity for students, and we commend the FCC’s work to modernize this program and ensure it keeps pace with the growing demands of our ever-changing innovative tech environment.

“The FCC has taken important steps to make sure all students have access to the high-speed Internet and technology that is needed for success in the classroom and beyond,” said James P. Steyer, LEAD Commissioner and Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media.  “Increasing E-rate funding to bring adequate high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi to classrooms and libraries throughout the country is an investment in American students’ futures, our economy and the power to compete globally.”

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) and Jim Steyer (Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media).