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CoSN is a strong presence and voice in the policy debates at the national and state level serving as a champion of policies required to power next-generation learning environments. Our 2020 policy agenda focuses on securing robust funding for ed tech, strengthening E-Rate, protecting the privacy and security of student data and promoting digital equity. We provide our members with the tools and resources to be successful advocates on these issues.

2021 Key Public Policy Issues

E-rate and Classroom Broadband Access 

EdTech Funding 

Privacy and Data Security

Digital Equity


EdTech Policy News

What's New? 
  • CoSN wrote a letter to Senate and House leaders on September 8 urging Congress to replenish the Emergency Connectivity Fund, so that all students and school staff have home broadband access and devices for learning. 
  • CoSN wrote Senate and House leaders expressing strong support for the $65 billion broadband investment included in the pending bipartisan infrastructure package. (July 29, 2021)
  • CoSN joined New America, Public Knowledge, and other allies in filing a letter with the FCC urging the agency to protect school districts' ability to effectively use the Citizens Broadband Radio Service.   
  • CoSN filed Reply Comments in the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund proceeding encouraging the agency to collect information about ECF purchases; waive or eliminate E-rate cost allocation rules; and ensure device speeds are sufficient to support remote learning. (April 26, 2021)
  • CoSN filed comments this week responding to the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund public notice urging the agency to use a per-student allocation budget model; provide guidance about remote learning connectivity and device needs, and urging deference to school district decision making.  (April 5, 2021)
  • CoSN and American Library Association write to President Biden on semiconductor chip shortages impacting student learning.  (March 12, 2021)
  • CoSN joins Homework Gap Coalition in calling on Congress to provide $7.6 billion in emergency funding to help students acquire home broadband for learning. (February 10, 2021)
  • Today, a CoSN-led coalition filed a petition for rulemaking asking the FCC to use the E-rate to help protect schools from cyberattacks. The coalition includes the Council of the Great City Schools, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance, and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. (February 8, 2021)
  • Yesterday, CoSN joined SETDA and the Alliance for Excellent Education to file comments with the FCC responding to the agency's work on the new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Congress created the EBBP in December to help low-income households connect to broadband during the pandemic. (January 25, 2021)
  • Today, CoSN joined the SHLB Coalition and a number of other groups in asking the FCC to provide regulatory flexibility required to permit school districts to use E-rate funding for remote learning on an emergency basis connected to the pandemic. (January 26, 2021)
  • CoSN joined 53 national groups in urging Congress to fully fund the Broadband Data Act so that the FCC can better map broadband access and promote digital equity. (December 2, 2020)
  • Major education associations, including CoSN, call on the federal government to prioritize school personnel as a priority group for the administration of the vaccines for the suppression of Covid-19. (November 30, 2020)
  • CoSN and 60 other national groups urged Congress to provide, without further delay, $12 billion to help schools close the Homework Gap. (November 20, 2020)
  • CoSN has produced a brief summary of the Matsui/Langevin bill, Enhancing K-12 Cybersecurity Act (H.R.8612) (November 11, 2020)
  • CoSN released broadband and cybersecurity policy recommendations for the president-elect's transition team.  (November 11, 2020)
  • CoSN and SETDA commend the FCC for acting this week to help rural telecommunications providers offer affordable broadband to qualified students. (October 1, 2020)
  • CoSN and SETDA urged the FCC on August 10 to provide additional FY2020 E-rate funding to help schools expand their broadband capacity to meet rising emergency online learning demands. (August 12, 2020)
  • CoSN and SETDA wrote Congress on August 3rd to urge lawmakers to provide funding in the next emergency spending bill to help ensure that all students have access to broadband.
  • CoSN, SETDA, and SHLB wrote to the FCC on August 4th urging them to extend the gift rule waiver for both the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-rate programs until June 30, 2021.
  • CoSN CEO Keith Krueger issued a statement on the recent criticism of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by Trump Administration senior officials (July 9, 2020)
  • CoSN joins other national groups in releasing a statement expressing support of emergency E-rate funding (May 12, 2020)
  • CoSN and other members of the education and civil rights community published a joint statement calling for educational equity, including improved access to digital learning. (April 29, 2020)
  • CoSN joined several groups calling on Senate Leadership to appropriate $4 billion for an Emergency Connectivity Fund to close the Homework Gap. 
  • CoSN joined over two hundred groups in calling on Congress to use the next COVID-19 emergency bill to connect all Americans to broadband.
  • CoSN joined SETDA today in urging Senate Commerce Committee leaders to use E-rate to provide students with secure home broadband access, with a special focus on areas that lack any broadband connectivity." 
  • U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Emergency Waiver Information
  • CoSN welcomes COVID-19 stimulus package's e-learning down payment (March 26, 2020)
  • CoSN joins EdLiNC members in urging the FCC to use emergency powers to waive E-rate program rules to promote broadband access during COVID-19 closures.
  • CoSN recently partnered with SETDA to provide recommendations to the FCC about the agency's pending network security and integrity rulemaking, which involves E-rate. Read the filing here.  
  • CoSN joined several association partners in filing a "Petition for Reconsideration" with the FCC asking the agency to reconsider the agency's EBS decision, which eliminated the educational eligibility requirements in the EBS band (November 29, 2019)
  • CoSN joins partners in calling on the FCC to allocate more spectrum for WiFi (November 5, 2019)
  • CoSN joined with AASA and ASBO to submit comment to the FCC regarding the modernization of the E-rate program for schools and libraries (September 3, 2019)
  • CoSN members urged to contact members of Congress to oppose the FCC's proposed Universal Service Fund (E-rate) caps. (August 16, 2019)
  • CoSN joined with national groups in filing this letter with the FCC in the EBS proceeding regarding rural deployment (July 8, 2019)
  • CoSN joins with SHLB  coalition regarding the use of E-rate funds to build certain fiber networks 
  • CoSN expresses dismay at FCC’s Proposed Change to Educational Broadband Service
  • CoSN joined with a broad coalition of groups expressing opposition to an overall cap on the Universal Service Fund (June 14, 2019)
  • CoSN joined Connect Americans Now in asking the FCC to make changes that would help bring broadband connectivity to rural America. (June 14, 2019) 
  • CoSN responds to FCC's Proposed Rulemaking on the Universal Service Fund (June 3, 2019)
  • CoSN and SETDA ask FCC to delay action on Educational Broadband Services so that additional information can be provided.
  • CoSN issued a statement applauding House Appropriations Committee approval of $1.3 billion for Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, an increase of $150 million over the previous year.
  • CoSN joins with the Title IV Coalition in thanking the House Appropriations Subcommittee for increasing the Title IV-A ( student support and academic enrichment program) by 13% to $1.3 Billion. 
  • CoSN joined with a large group of organizations in asking the FCC to ensure that the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) continues to serve its educational purposes. 
  • CoSN applauds Digital Equity bill introduced in the Senate.
  • CoSN is participating in the April 10 Day of Action to increase funding for edtech. Contact Congress now using the Rally Congress tool. See the Day of Action Toolkit for background information. 
  • CoSN members urged to reach out to Congress and restore net neutrality



CoSN State Advocacy

We work at the state level on several policy issues. CoSN worked collaboratively with our chapters in:
  • Watch CALET leaders discuss their partnership with CoSN to expand their direct advocacy capacity. 
  • Learn advocacy strategies from this new video describing how CALET shaped Colorado’s student data privacy law.
  • CoSN was pleased to work with the Texas K-12 CTO Council to support the chapter's annual Capitol Walk. Chapter members met with state legislators to talk about their district's EdTech needs and the Council developed this terrific video to recap their successful advocacy day. 
Our state advocacy toolkit has helpful hints to assist in your efforts. Download your copy.



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