LEAD COMMISSION PRAISES FCC FOR ANNOUNCEMENT TO MODERNIZE THE FEDERAL E-RATE PROGRAM

November 17, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its announcement on the federal E-rate program and released the following statement:

"The LEAD Commission commends Chairman Wheeler and the FCC for taking additional measures to modernize and increase funding for the E-Rate program,” said LEAD Commissioner and Co-Founder of TPG Capital Jim Coulter.  “Connecting schools and libraries with high-speed Internet access and Wi-fi is critical to our education system. Students across the country need high capacity broadband access to compete and learn in an increasingly digital and global economy. We look forward to working with the FCC on the implementation of and increase of funding for these needed updates to ensure that all students have Internet access to the learning tools they need to be tomorrow’s leaders.”

“Chairman Wheeler’s proposal is a big win for America’s kids.  The much-needed E-Rate funding would help connect all our schoolchildren to high-speed internet and updated technology, and close the gaps in access for rural students, low-income students, and students of color,” said James P. Steyer, LEAD Commissioner and Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media.  “Bringing high-speed Internet to our schools and libraries is not only an investment in our students — it’s an investment in our economy and our national competitiveness.”

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).