Its all about who the stakeholders are. Banks are for profit and normally have stock or ownership of some sort. Anyone can open an account. Credit Unions are not for profit. One of the credit unions I have an account at gives a dividend payment every year based on how much in savings and other accounts you have. Also, most credit unions are restricted in membership. One of my two credit unions is restricted by county that I live in, I think it covers a few in the metro. The other is based on where I work. The not for profit generally means better interest rates on savings accounts and lower rates on loans. At the regional credit union, i still have a debit card and online banking with bill pay. They even have an app. They even have more local branches, including a few in one of the major grocery store chains in the metro.
~An informed millenial
They also get a Service Level Agreement. If your home internet connection goes down, AT&T might be out next week to fix it, business and enterprise class services, might be on the way before you hang up the phone. This is the biggest reason they cost more as well. I got to call Dell once on a server with a bad memory module, server was still running, had a guy at our door in a few hours to put the new one in.
Not how E-rate works. Schools get a reimbursement or discount on services based on Free and Reduced lunch percentage from the previous year. It looks like Orange County's rate is 61% so they probably had to pay about $40k
So if the FCC was screwed then so was the school district.
It doesn't say anything about any of this money going to the schools. It says ATT will have to repay the reimbursement from the FCC plus 106k fine. It doesn't even say if the money will go into E-Rate. I'd hope that at least what ever the school districts out of pocket expense is refunded.
With Wifi, it would be more like sitting in front of the gas station, unlocked and the car running.
People share there WiFI passwords with guest all the time. Plus, wifi passwords aren't hard to crack.
I've seen lots of studies saying exactly that. I've also seen some that say the have no effect. Most of the studies that say they are helping say they increase student engagement which normally helps with attendance and test scores.
As far as IT staff. Chromebooks are easy, they are all managed centrally from a website. iPads aren't bad and can be manged through special software centrally. The biggest problem is its a lot more devices with the same number of people or less.