A GSA/FCC effort will make it easier for schools to invest in wireless networks for Internet access. (Jetta Productions / Getty Images)
The General Services Administration and the Federal Communications Commission are making it easier for schools to get wireless internet and better technology.
The two agencies are working to establish purchasing agreements so schools and libraries can use GSA’s reverse-auction platform to receive bids for wireless routers and other types of IT equipment, according to an announcement.
GSA and the FCC signed an agreement June 19 to work together to develop opportunities for schools and libraries to consolidate purchasing power. The purchase agreements stem from that effort.
Erville Koehler, the administrator of GSA’s region 4 in the southeast, said in a June 30 blog post that the schools and libraries may be able to save up to 17 percent using the reverse auction platform.
“GSA’s partnership with the FCC has the potential to transform 21st Century learning in communities across the country. Leveraging the collective buying power of government will give local schools and libraries a stronger technology platform to build on and enhance the prospects of education,” Koehler said.