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
Date Written: August 15, 2018
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
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