Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Thanks to a major funding refresh, one district found that it’s now possible to support its one-to-one initiative without scaling back access for other services or devices. The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students.
Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools
MARCH 30, 2015
With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. That’s why especially pleased when, recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service and Administrative Company extended a crucial filing deadline related to the high-speed internet program in schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate.
7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes
MARCH 25, 2016
Big E-rate changes mean schools must chart a new path. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. We asked E-rate guru John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, for his application-time thoughts and advice. Schools need to get activated in that EPT (E-rate Productivity Center) system. Be prepared for big changes.
It’s time to ask how E-rate will impact learning outcomes
AUGUST 18, 2015
With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions. E-rate, officially known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was created to provide schools and libraries with an affordable way to obtain telecommunications, internet access and internet-related services. Next page: Practical questions to ask.
What do educators want from E-rate? Voice service, more C2 funding
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Eighty-six percent of E-rate applicants participating in a recent survey said they are concerned about the Federal Communication Commission’s phase-out of support for voice service, according to recent data. The survey is based on 652 participants, representing roughly 3 percent of applicants from a representative cross-section of E-rate applicants. billion.
The History of the Future of E-rate
MARCH 8, 2017
Wheeler had been a “champion” of net neutrality and E-rate reform, according to Education Week at least, but his replacement, Trump appointee Ajit Pai, seems poised to lead the agency with a very different set of priorities – and those priorities will likely shape in turn what happens to ed-tech under Trump. Arguably, E-rate is one of the key pieces of ed-tech-related legislation in the US, and as such it’s worth examining its origins, its successes, and its failures. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech?
E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier
OCTOBER 26, 2015
Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it. e-rate News Top NewsSteyer, CEO and Founder of Common Sense. “I
New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades
JANUARY 9, 2017
With just over two million people living in New Mexico and almost 700,000 of them spread across rural regions, many New Mexico students still lack access to the high-speed broadband necessary to take advantage of digital learning in the classroom. However, through the E-rate Modernization order , not only is the cost of upfront construction eligible for reimbursement, but the FCC program also provides additional funding to match state funding for special construction charges. Deming Public Schools struggled to connect one school that lacked access to high-speed broadband.
E-rate: A Historical Perspective
APRIL 18, 2016
Though this year's E-rate Form 470 deadline has passed, the E-rate process and buying season for U.S. Now that we're in the second year of the revised E-rate program, let's take a look back at where we came from and why E-rate needed a major overhaul. schools and libraries are not yet over. Denial of service attacks did not exist then.
Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. Put simply, asking a fifth-grade student to watch an instructional video before the next day’s flipped classroom science lesson will fall on deaf ears if the child doesn’t have access to the internet at home. Little Falls Central School District in Little Falls, N.Y.,
State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home
APRIL 14, 2016
Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineDuring last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to. read more.
Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015
DECEMBER 22, 2015
Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.
Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress
JANUARY 19, 2017
The data comes from the second annual State of the States report from the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzed 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts and more than 38 million students. Eighty-eight percent of U.S. Thirty-four governors across the U.S. Next page: Better broadband affordability).
How does your district’s broadband stack up?
JANUARY 3, 2017
Compare & Connect K-12, which launched in beta in early 2016 and is now fully launched and available, displays public E-rate application data and lets users explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband prices with school districts in a specific region or in any state across the country. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News
Get Ready for E-Rate 2.0 with Highlights from the Recent Changes
JUNE 3, 2015
By EdTech Staff Changes to E-Rate means greater Wi-Fi and broadband access for K–12 schools and districts. Bandwidth Management Funding Management Mobility Networking Wi-Fi Wireless
Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
After winning the battle to expand the federal E-rate program , education leaders are beginning to look beyond the struggle of connecting all schools to high quality Internet, and toward the next challenge of connecting all students while outside of school. The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. which is allocated by the Federal Communications Commission, and reserved for schools to deliver access. By guest blogger Leo Doran.
Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning
JANUARY 28, 2015
Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. read more.
SETDA in 2014: Year in Review
DECEMBER 18, 2014
ConnectED Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News OER Policy Professional Learning As the calendar year draws to a close and we take time to celebrate family and the holiday season, all of us at SETDA. read more.
Digital divide hits small towns hard
MAY 10, 2016
While 96 percent of Americans in urban areas have access to fixed broadband, only 70 percent of New Mexicans have broadband access at home. In rural communities, the problem is even worse — only one in three can access the internet at home. However, students may have no internet access when they get home. Digital Learning and Tools e-rate McClatchy Mobile Learning
What You Need to Know About E-rate
JANUARY 13, 2015
One of those programs is the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, better known as E-rate. E-rate helps schools and libraries get affordable Internet access by discounting the cost of service based on the school’s location – urban or rural – and the percentage of low-income students served. Discounts can range from 20 to 90 percent of eligible costs – routers, firewalls, wireless access point, and Internet service fees, among other things – but the program’s funding is capped at $2.4 billion annually.
FCC to fine AT&T for overcharging Fla. districts
AUGUST 4, 2016
AT&T charged two Florida school districts some of the highest telecommunications rates in the state and will face a fine for violating federal law and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “lowest corresponding price” rule, the FCC said in a statement. e-rate NewsThe FCC said it plans to fine AT&T $106,425.
Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016
DECEMBER 21, 2016
Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.
Top 5 Educator Pitfalls in the E-rate Application Process
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
What You’re in For: E-rate planning season is here! On the heels of the landmark E-rate Modernization Order (aka E-rate 2.0), funding year 2016 is poised to be one of the largest funding years in program history with an estimated funding cap of over four billion dollars. How to determine your school’s eligibility and E-rate discount.
Individual school E-Rate applicants drop, raising concerns
JUNE 15, 2016
By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training hosted a congressional briefing recently about the so-called homework gap — the divide that exists between students who have home access to high-speed broadband and those who do not. More… Uncategorized E-Rate high-speed broadband USAC Wi-Fi gapPanelists discussed the progress made by the Federal Communications Commission and Congress in bridging the divide.
5 ways connected school buses are on the rise
NOVEMBER 7, 2016
As internet connectivity becomes a necessity for schools and students, there is a new call for the government to make school bus wi-fi eligible for federal E-rate funding. School bus wi-fi also is viewed as a way to close the persistent homework gap that occurs when students have internet access during school, but lack it at home. The trend is growing. On Oct.
Avoid Top 5 Common Mistakes That Schools Make During E-rate Application Process
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
What You’re In For: E-rate planning season is here! On the heels of the landmark E-rate Modernization Order (aka E-rate 2.0), funding year 2016 is poised to be one of the largest funding years in program history with an estimated funding cap of over four billion dollars. How to determine your school’s eligibility and E-rate discount.
SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC LifelineThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement of. read more.
Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students
OCTOBER 13, 2016
Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. Sprint has been participating in ConnectEd , a White House effort launched a few years ago that has drawn hundreds of millions of dollars of commitments from corporations to give schools and students greater access to ed-tech and connectivity. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate
How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools?
The Hechinger Report
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Federal support, affiliation with Connected Ed, Future Ready, Go Open, and the threat of [Office of Civil Rights] action for unequal access, the convenings, speeches, reports and toolkits – all of it, including the personnel – it could get halted, shifted or eliminated on the first day of a Trump administration,” he wrote in a series of Twitter posts. Credit: Getty Images. Now what?
Help on your E-rate Form 471 Application – Webinar dates announced
MARCH 2, 2015
In light of recent changes to the E-rate program, we’re working to help ensure the accuracy of this year’s Category 1 applications. District leaders and E-rate specialists are invited to attend one of the available sessions: Avoid common mistakes on your E-rate application: Help with Category 1 funding requests. Wednesday, March 4 , 3pm EST / 12pm PST — Access code: 534-356-521#. Wednesday, March 11 , 3pm EST / 12pm PST — Access code: 711-941-684#. Screenshare: Join the Webinar. Audio: 415-655-0381. Audio: 415-655-0381.
Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Here are five key trends that CTOs will be watching and reacting to in 2016: The modernized E-rate program. Since it was established 18 years ago, the E-rate program has focused on connecting schools and libraries to the internet. Libraries, connectivity, and more are big issues for IT professionals. billion. Keith R. Broadband equity.
A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015
DECEMBER 22, 2015
As you know, Digital Promise is committed to closing the Digital Learning Gap -- ensuring that all learners have equitable access to technology, acquire the skills to fully participate in a connected world, and feel empowered to achieve their life and work goals. Over the past 15 years, the E-rate program has achieved the goal of connecting almost every U.S.
Proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Complete E-rate Modernization and Improve Connectivity for America’s Students
DECEMBER 1, 2014
On November 17, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to complete the modernization of the federal E-rate program, ensuring that all of America’s schools and libraries are connected to high-speed broadband within the next five years. In July, the FCC took the first step to update the 18-year-old E-rate program by voting to improve transparency, set connectivity goals, phase out legacy services, and upgrade Wi-Fi in schools.
Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond
The Hechinger Report
MARCH 14, 2017
What’s up with E-Rate: This happened in Washington, but was worriedly discussed in Austin, as well. The chairman, Ajit Pai, spoke last week before a Senate oversight committee, where he spent a large portion of his remarks talking about his passion for expanding internet access to rural communities. It’s not going to be easy to explain or to deliver on. Interop … what?
The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
The results also detail the impact of changes to the E-rate program, as well as the growing issue of digital equity for technology access outside of the classroom. Other major school connectivity challenges reported by school leaders regarding network speed and capacity, competition, E-rate changes, and digital equity include: 2. Impact of E-rate Changes.
How connected are your state’s classrooms? Check out this map
JULY 8, 2015
Data from the Federal Communications Commission reveals that the federal E-Rate program has connected nearly all U.S. K-12 Connected Heat Map outlines classroom internet connectivity. The CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map outlines wired and wireless connectivity in a state-by-state display. Currently, there is not enough data to shade several states in the midwest and west.
Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old
JANUARY 12, 2017
Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.” Some schools leave social media open, some schools restrict access, etc. to 33.8%