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FCC Frees up E-Rate Money for Storm-Hit Institutions

The FCC has unanimously approved emergency assistance to schools and libraries hit by hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, using the E-rate program as the vehicle.

That is the broadband subsidy for broadband connectivity. Those schools and libraries--in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands--will be able to request funds to restore broadband service and get the maximum E-rate discount and can apply for more funds if they are a school adding storm-displaced students if that increases enrollment by more than 5%.

The FCC said it had enacted "measures" to prevent waste, fraud and abuse during the recovery.