“I am not saying these issues cannot be handled–but they will need to be discussed and resolved,” she said.

Willard said rural communities in particular stand to benefit from the ruling, and she proposed that school stakeholders consider community technology centers as another step toward greater broadband access.

“Why should the adults in these communities only have access after school hours or during school holidays?” she asked. “Would it not be possible to establish community technology centers that are open [during] all daytime and evening hours, that use the same bandwidth as the schools but are a separate program with separate rules, funding, et cetera?”


FCC’s National Broadband Plan


Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use