In less than twenty years, the information revolution has transformed
almost every aspect of American life. But until Congress enacted
the E-Rate in 1996, few school and libraries had the resources to
keep up. While over $8 billions in discounts for telecommunication
services, Internet access and internal connections have assisted
libraries and schools, that doesn't tell the whole story. The value
of the E-Rate isn't about dollars, it is about people and the impact
access to new technology is having on their lives.
The three reports that EdLiNC commissioned and the joint report with NCTET are results from extensive
surveys of E-Rate participants. The reports look behind the numbers
to tell the stories of the children and the communities that have
been enriched and empowered by the E-Rate.
E-rate: 10 Years of Connecting Kids and Community (a joint report of EdLiNC and NCTET), February, 2007
Press Release from EdLiNC and NCTET
Statement of the American Association of School Administrators
Statement of the Association of Educational Service Agencies
Statement of the Consortium for School Networking
Statement of the International Society for Technology in Education
Statement of the National Catholic Educational Association
Statement of the National School Boards Association
Statement of the PTA
Statement of the Software and Information Industry Association
Quotes from the program for the NCTET/EdLiNC 10th Anniversary Celebration
E-Rate: A Vision of Opportunity and Innovation,
(The report is a very large file -- just over 7 MB.
It may take several minutes to download and open in a new window
on a fast connection -- or much longer if you are using dial up.
If you're using a Windows PC, you can also right click on the link
for the report and choose "Save Target As" to save a copy
on your hard drive.)
Keeping the Promise, July 2000
Connecting Kids and Communities to the Future, May, 1999
Other respectable organizations have conducted studies of the
E-Rate and/or the importance of technology in Education.