On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) presented the third in a series of webinars investigating the need for greater student access to broadband in schools. The webinar was moderated by Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and featured Lisa Hone of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Richard Culatta, Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, and Peter Zamora, Director of Federal Relations for CCSSO. This presentation highlighted President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, with the goal to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the Internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within 5 years, and recent efforts to update the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program to provide more opportunities for schools, libraries and other learning environments to secure essential broadband access. In July, the FCC announced a proposal to modernize the E-Rate program to meet the educational needs of students and teachers. iNACOL, in partnership with leading education organizations, is committed to amplifying the voices of educators, school leaders and policymakers throughout the country through this series of webinars dedicated to an examination of the E-Rate program and driving efforts to achieve a comprehensive update to broadband infrastructure for learning. Presenters: – Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL – Lisa Hone, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission – Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education – Peter Zamora, Director of Federal Relations, CCSSO

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