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Congress Wants to Fund WiFi on School Buses

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is introducing legislation to make changes to the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program to reimburse school districts who put WiFi on school buses. The E-rate program is the FCC’s program to help schools and libraries obtain affordable broadband services under the Universal Service Administrative Company.

It’s time to end the homework gap and set our kids up for success. By extending internet access to students while they commute to and from school, this bill would turn travel time into study time, enabling kids to complete their homework before they get home,” said Udall. “As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, I’ll continue to push for innovative, 21st century solutions to help bridge the digital divide that hurts too many rural, tribal, and low-income communities across New Mexico through strong federal investment in broadband and internet infrastructure.”