Comcast applauds today's FCC Order to modernize the E-Rate program to foster broadband connectivity to our nation's classrooms and libraries. This action to use E-Rate funding in a balanced and integrated way to deliver true high speed Internet service to schools and libraries and to ensure that broadband service is disseminated throughout school facilities to classrooms, coupled with the Commission's decision in March to make 100 MHz of spectrum available for Wi-Fi, represents an important step toward realizing the promise of the Administration's ConnectED initiative.
The ultimate goal that everyone shares is to improve educational achievement. And connected classrooms and libraries – and just as importantly, homes – are essential for student success in the 21st century. Comcast is committed to getting more Americans connected to broadband. We've provided high-speed broadband to thousands of schools and libraries across our nation, and launched the groundbreaking Internet Essentials broadband adoption program connecting more than 1.2 million low-income Americans to the transformative power of the Internet.
We look forward to continuing to work together with the FCC, the Administration, and thousands of nonprofit and local government partners to close the digital divide and get the maximum value from the E-Rate program for America's schools and libraries.