FCC chair proposes $200M investment to boost K-12 cybersecurity

From cybersecuritydive.com

Dive Brief:

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a proposal Wednesday to invest up to $200 million over three years to boost school and library cybersecurity. The move follows urgent calls for the FCC to update its E-rate program to cover advanced firewalls and other network security measures.
  • The pilot program is part of Rosenworcel’s recently launched Learn Without Limits initiative, which looks to modernize the E-rate program created in 1996 to help fund basic internet connectivity in schools and libraries.
  • The pilot would fall under the Universal Service Fund and be separate from E-rate so “gains in enhanced cybersecurity don’t come at a cost of undermining E-Rate’s success in promoting digital equity,” the FCC said.

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