January 26, 2022

2016 E-Rate Trends Report Published Online

From a Funds For Learning Report Publication Announcement:

In an effort to aid policymakers, administrators and other E-rate stakeholders as they shape the future of the program, Funds For Learning [an e-rate consulting firm] releases its E-rate Trends Report.

Based on a survey of 1,016 applicants representing a cross-section that closely matches the overall population of E-rate applicants, the report sheds light on how applicants perceive the program’s utility and effectiveness. Notable findings include:


Source: 2016 E-Rate Trends Report

  • 90 percent of respondents expect to add faster internet connections over the next three years.
  • 72 percent of respondents said Wi-Fi is critical to fulfilling their organization’s mission.
  • 79 percent of respondents said they do not have a backup or secondary internet connection in the event that their primary connection fails.
  • 60 percent of respondents reported difficulty navigating the new E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).
  • 94 percent of respondents indicated their organization will continue to apply for E-rate funding in the future.

Source: 2016 E-Rate Trends Report


Access Online/Download the Complete Report (44 pages; PDF)

Read the Results, Review Survey Questions Online

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