Is the 2014 E-Rate Reform a Game Changer? An Empirical Analysis of Pennsylvania Data

28 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2018 Last revised: 16 Aug 2018

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Jenna Grzeslo

SUNY New Paltz

Yang Bai

Pennsylvania State University, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Students

Bumgi Min

Pennsylvania State University, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Students

Krishna Jayakar

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: August 15, 2018

Abstract

The objective of this study is to analyze the impact of the 2014 reforms on the pattern of distribution of funds from the E-Rate program. Using data for the state of Pennsylvania, the project investigates whether each school district that successfully applied for funding received increased support post-reforms, and what socio-economic characteristics of school districts were associated with successful applications. Furthermore, it asks whether the reforms reduced the barriers that disadvantaged school districts face in obtaining support. Although the 2014 E-Rate reform was expected to be a game changer, the findings of this study do not support that assumption.

Keywords: E-Rate; universal service; digital divide

Suggested Citation

Grzeslo, Jenna and Bai, Yang and Min, Bumgi and Jayakar, Krishna, Is the 2014 E-Rate Reform a Game Changer? An Empirical Analysis of Pennsylvania Data (August 15, 2018). TPRC 46: The 46th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3142112 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3142112

Jenna Grzeslo (Contact Author)

SUNY New Paltz ( email )

New Paltz, NY 12561
United States

Yang Bai

Pennsylvania State University, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Students ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

Bumgi Min

Pennsylvania State University, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Students ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

Krishna Jayakar

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

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