Advocacy

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CoSN is working to advance policies that provide sustainable and robust investment in the technology required to power next-generation learning environments. We provide our members with the resources and knowledge necessary to be effective advocates at the Federal and State levels. Our current policy efforts focus on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), providing high capacity broadband for all students in schools and at home, seeking substantial funding for technology programs and protecting student data.  

CoSN Education Technology News - Updated December 4, 2017

Significant partisan disagreements on education policy are emerging in the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration. CoSN will provide updates to keep you informed. 

2017 Archived policy alerts

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CoSN statement on FCC Net Neutrality Plan (November 28, 2017):
 
“CoSN, and the school technology leaders we serve, are concerned about the potential, unexpected consequences of Chairman Ajit Pai’s aggressive net neutrality plan. The FCC should carefully consider the proposal’s implications for teaching and learning before leaping into these murky waters.
 
“For example, will school districts be stuck with the bill for higher transport costs levied on digital content providers? Simply relying on carriers to disclose information about pricing and practices would be a flimsy guardrail for powerful Internet service providers (ISPs), especially for smaller, rural and high-cost districts that lack competition and meaningful market power.
 
“We are also concerned how the tiered pricing and fast lanes – potentially structured to benefit incumbent companies – would disadvantage new entrants into the education technology market. How will the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission protect startups from ISPs that prefer better-resourced incumbents? 
 
“Finally, if this policy change aims to stimulate network investment, what guarantee will the FCC provide to ensure ISPs target underserved communities – especially rural, poorly connected school districts? 
 
“Before rolling net neutrality back, the FCC should take a very cautious look at its impact on schools, students and families, nationwide.”
 

What's New? 

  • FCC Chairman Pai released his draft proposal and fact sheet for changes to the agency’s Net Neutrality rules. Commissioners are expected to vote on December 14 on two Orders designed to roll back the rules.
  • Send a clear message to the FCC on net neutrality. Please click here to express your opposition to eliminating the FCC's Net Neutrality protections. When you reach the FCC's express comment page, you must reference proceeding "17-108".
  • Read an interview with FCC Commissioner Rosenwercel about her priorities.
  • CoSN, along with several other educational organizations, expressed support for the Department of Education’s decision to highlight open educational resources as part of the proposed discretionary grant priorities.
  • CoSN joined with a broad coalition of groups asking the FCC to preserve the Lifeline Program because of its implications for low-income families and its importance in decreasing the digital divide. Along with 54 other education groups, CoSN registered support for high-speed broadband and wifi through E-rate category 2 services.
  • CoSN, along with EducationSuperhighway and Funds for Learning submitted comments to the FCC on C2 Budget 
  • CoSN submitted comments to the FCC calling for the maintenance of 2014 E-rate modernization broadband goals and the adoption of ambitious connectivity goals for fixed and mobile broadband service.

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Each year, CoSN hosts an Advocacy Dinner and Auction as part of our Annual Conference. Save the date for the next dinner and auction, April 4 in Chicago, IL.

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