The Cost of Expanding Wi-Fi to 10 Million More Students

Get ready to pay an extra $1.90 a year for telephone service.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed increasing the funding cap for the E-Rate program from $2.5 billion to $3.9 billion per year. The program is designed to bring high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi access to more schools and libraries.

The increase would be funded by adding around 16 cents to the 99 cents telephone customers now pay each month to the Universal Service Fund.

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