US Conference of Mayors Supports FCC Chairman's Call to Modernize E-Rate

MARCH 19, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission today praised the United States Conference of Mayors for supporting FCC Chairman Wheeler’s call to modernize E-Rate, a vital program ensuring our schools and libraries are connected to the Internet. The letter can be found here.


The following statement can be attributed to the LEAD Commission: 

“We applaud the bipartisan United States Conference of Mayors for their support of improving high-speed broadband access through swift action to modernize the E-Rate program. This effort will connect 99 percent of students across the nation with more and better technology, giving them the skills needed to compete in a 21stcentury global economy. Expanding access to high-speed broadband for every child — regardless of zip code — is a crucial part of ensuring students and schools have the tools needed to compete in an increasingly digital and global economy — a fact the mayors know well. We look forward to working with the administration, local, state and federal policy makers, educators and business leaders to implement needed reforms.”

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).