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The FCC is seeking public comment on using its E-rate program to pay for school and library cybersecurity improvements, such as next-generation firewalls and network security services.

Here is the FCC announcement. On that announcement, you need to click on public notice and one of the file types to get to the 9-page public notice. For your convenience, here is the public notice.

Comments need to be filed on or before February 13, 2023, and reply comments on or before March 30, 2023. You can find directions for how to file on page seven of the public notice.

As noted in the public notice, “AASA, along with 19 other national educational organizations, requested that the Commission take a measured approach in deciding whether to expand the eligibility of advanced firewalls and services, as well as other cybersecurity services.  These stakeholders urge the Commission to work collaboratively with other federal agencies to ‘determine the products and services that are available and effective in responding to and preventing cyberattacks…schools should not be driving the response to cyberattacks, nor should E-Rate, the only federal funding stream supporting connectivity in schools, be repurposed/redirected for this important effort.'”

Here is more information from K-12 DIVE.


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Mebane Rash

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