CoSN Applauds FCC’s Extension of Timeline for Emergency Connectivity Fund Applications

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement recognizing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) announcement of over $5 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund Program requests and applauding the Commission’s decision to provide a second application window to enable the submission of additional project applications.

Home Connectivity -- from a Digital Equity Lens

As we set our sights on the 2021-2022 year, many school districts are focusing on how they will carry forward new digital learning environments. Schools rethought traditional school models during the pandemic, and the ability to differentiate and offer ongoing, quality, innovative learning experiences, including the option to learn from home during and outside of the classic school schedule, is essential. In addition, leaders must understand the connectivity issues that many of our students face supporting districts in making decisions that foster an equitable education for all students.

CoSN Applauds the Unanimous, Bipartisan Approval of the $7 Billion Program to Address Homework Gap

For over two decades, CoSN's advocacy efforts have focused on ubiquitous broadband access for K12 students to support equitable educational opportunities. Most recently, CoSN has advocated for emergency federal funding to support student off-campus broadband access per the pandemic. This week the $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and guidelines for program implementation were released.

Student Connectivity -- There is no one-size-fits all approach!

Reliable broadband connectivity like utilities needs to be a requirement and service that is available to each and every student in today’s world. Addressing the value of quality, broadband connectivity access to any student, educator, or administrator is a perfect example of preaching to the choir. Though the pandemic has made it one of the most important and urgent problems to solve, this has been a necessity and fundamental requirement for a decent educational experience for Pre-K to graduate students.  

CoSN Issues Statement on White House Criticism of Distance Learning

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on the recent criticism of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by Trump Administration senior officials:
“During this COVID-19 emergency, distance learning saved school districts from having to cancel instruction altogether.