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  • SETDA Strongly Opposes Chairman Pai’s EBS Report and Order

    June 20th, 2019 by

    SETDA strongly opposes Chairman Pai’s draft Educational Broadband Service Report & Order, which proposes to further marginalize rural students that lack access to high capacity broadband. SETDA Executive Director, Candice Dodson said, “the Chairman’s proposal cites dated uses of EBS licenses and the FCC’s two-decade failure to grant new licenses as the basis for handing […]

  • Student Voices Finalists 2019

    June 13th, 2019 by

    Often when coordinating a focus group or presenting a new SETDA resources via a webinar, I mention the Why. Why do we spend the time to research and report on policies and practices? Why do leaders gather to collaborate on topics of interest? The Why always relays back to the students.  State department of education […]

  • SETDA Opposes FCC’s Universal Service Funds CAP

    June 12th, 2019 by

    SETDA opposes the FCC’s proposal to sweep the E-rate and other Universal Service Fund programs under a single budgetary cap and “prioritize” them. The USF is a vital tool for state leaders working to connect students to high capacity broadband at school and at home and this proposal threatens the system’s success. SETDA’s Executive Director, […]

  • SETDA Urges Public Comments to Support Closing the Homework Gap via EBS

    August 7th, 2018 by

    SETDA encourages state agencies, school districts, and other education stakeholders to provide public comments for the FCC, Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band by the deadline Wednesday (August 8) or to reply to comments posted by September 7. Specifically, education leaders can express support for maintaining EBS’s educational nature, especially as a wireless broadband […]

  • Senate Votes to Overturn FCC Net Neutrality Decision

    May 17th, 2018 by

    The Senate voted (52-47) today to reject the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to eliminate the agency’s Net Neutrality protections. All Senate Democrats and three Republicans – Senator Collins (ME), Sen. Murkowski (AK), and Sen. Kennedy (LA) – supported S.J.Res.52, which was introduced by Sen. Markey (MA) earlier this year. SETDA thanks these senators for voting […]

  • SETDA Advocates for Equal Access to Digital Content

    July 12th, 2017 by

    Today, online communities are alight with a Day of Advocacy in support of keeping the current Net Neutrality rules in place. These rules were passed in 2015 and reclassified the Internet as a telecommunication service. This allows the FCC to regulate broadband access under the 1934 Communications Act, which covers all public utilities including telephones. […]

  • SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

    February 6th, 2017 by

    The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of disappointment regarding the February 3rd actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to rescind the E-rate Modernization Progress Report and revoke Lifeline provider designations. SETDA has a track record for supporting the infrastructure […]

  • Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

    December 21st, 2016 by

    Through the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of leadership, hired a new permanant Executive Director ~ Dr. Tracy Weeks, published a new strategic plan,  developed resources to advance learning in the digital age and provided opportunities for state leaders […]

  • SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

    September 19th, 2016 by

    Last week, Senator Hatch (UT) and Senator Bennet (UT) introduced the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 which would amend current law to create a grant program to improve Career and Technical Education (CTE) through innovative activities. Further, this bill allows for the use of open educational resources (OER) with CTE funds. SETDA applauds […]

  • State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

    April 14th, 2016 by

    During last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to the digital divide. States and districts encouraged continued Congressional support of the FCC’s E-Rate and Lifeline initiatives so that students have seamless access to digital instructional materials both in and outside […]

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