Connecting Schools

Providing high-speed internet connectivity to schools is an essential element to creating 21st century learning opportunities.  OET, in support of the President’s ConnectED Initiative is working to help schools get connected to broadband internet in all locations where learning is taking place.  A number of initiatives are underway to meet the ConnectED goals.

eRate Modernization
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will invest $2 billion over the next two years to dramatically expand high-speed Internet connectivity for America’s schools and libraries — connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.

Private Sector Commitments
Over $2 billion of private sector commitments have been made in support of the ConnectED Initiative.  Companies are providing software, hardware, connectivity, and digital media to support the transition to digital learning.  Learn more about the ConnectED Initiative private sector commitments.

Department of Education Resources
Formula grants (ESEA Title I, II, III, IDEA, etc.) can be used to fund the transition to digital learning. Additional information available in this Federal Funds Dear Colleague letter.