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FCC Adopts $200M Cybersecurity Pilot Program for Schools & Libraries | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

UPDATE: Statement From ALA: American Library Association Welcomes Fcc Cybersecurity Funding Pilot For Libraries, Calls For Long-Term Funding


From the Federal Communications Commission:

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a three-year, $200 million Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program. This program will allow the Commission to obtain actionable data about which cybersecurity services and equipment would best help K-12 schools and libraries address the growing cyber threats and attacks against their broadband networks.

From this program, the Commission aims to learn how to improve school and library defenses against sophisticated ransomware and cyberattacks that put students at risk and impede their learning.  The pilot program will allow the Commission to gather the data needed to better understand whether and how universal service funds could be used to support the cybersecurity needs of schools and libraries and to share lessons learned with our federal partners to jointly combat this growing problem.

Modeled after the Connected Care Pilot Program, the pilot program will make $200 million in Universal Service Fund support available to participating schools and libraries to defray the costs of eligible cybersecurity services and equipment. These funds are separate from the Commission’s E-Rate program, to ensure gains in enhanced cybersecurity do not undermine ERate’s success in connecting schools and libraries and promoting digital equity.

This pilot program is part of Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel’s Learn Without Limits initiative to address the Homework Gap by ensuring connectivity in schools and libraries so everyone, everywhere has access to high-speed Internet services. This initiative includes Wi-Fi on school buses, E-Rate support for libraries in Tribal communities, and funding from the FCC’s E-Rate program for the off-premises use of Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless internet access services.


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He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.


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