It is necessary that FCC uses E-rate funds to help defray the costs of low-income families owning a computer.
Without own ing a computer or similar device there is no reason to subscribe to broadband. One proposal that could sig nificantly expand computer ownership is to allow the FCC’s “E-rate” funds to be used to subsidize computer purchases by low-income families with students enrolled at E-rate eligible schools. Spurring broadband deployment and computer adoption among families with children can play a key cata lytic role in helping not only other family mem bers to become computer and Internet literate, but also extended family and neighbors. As such, policymakers should invest funds to help low-in come families with children purchase a com puter and get subsidized broadband service for one year. If such a program provided a subsidy (up to $300) equal to two-thirds of the cost of purchasing a PC, it would cost $450 million per year to provide PCs to 1.5 million low income households.