Senator Rockefeller calls for major expansion of E-Rate program

Some information taken from a press release from Senator Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) office issued March 12, 2013. Additional linked information included.

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today chaired a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which he called for updates to the successful E-Rate program – which he created – that has expanded access to high-speed Internet in schools and libraries across West Virginia.  E-Rate covers the cost of wiring schools and libraries to the Internet and provides student and adult access to information technology no matter their community or income level.

SELCO receives around $40,000 from the E-Rate program, reimbursing SELCO for approximately 53% of the actual costs of providing internet service at the SELCO Online Public Libraries.

Click here read the full press release. To view Sen. Rockefeller’s full remarks from the Committee hearing, click here.