A vast majority of E-rate applicants say the federal funding is vital to their internet connectivity, especially as demand for school wi-fi is surging, according to the latest annual E-rate applicant survey from Funds For Learning.

Eighty-eight percent of surveyed applicants say more students and library patrons are online with faster connections because of E-rate funding.

Roughly half of all networks (51 percent) will need upgrades within three years due to increasing demand for wi-fi, and 88 percent of schools say they prefer a simplified approach that gives them flexibility to decide which campuses receive wi-fi support, according to...

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