Digital Promise Supports E-rate Modernization

Digital Promise

billion for the federal E-rate program that connects schools and libraries around the country. Digital Promise applauds the Federal Communications Commission's vote today to increase the funding cap by $1.5 Demand for these services far exceeds previous funding levels and approving this increase – which amounts to an additional $2 per year on Americans' phone bills – will help thousands of schools improve the opportunity to learn for students.

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Archived: E?rate Modernization Progress Report (Jan 2017)

Doug Levin

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of Erate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed. To that end, and in the public interest, I am making the January 2017 E-rate Modernization Progress Report ( DOC-343099A1.pdf ) available on this site in its entirety. Blog Broadband Policy Research Insights ALA E-rate FCC

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Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program. The E-rate program helps schools and libraries access high-speed internet and telecommunications at prices that won’t break the bank. At the end of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5

Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

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. Working with Funds for Learning regarding E-rate processes, Dickerson and her team have updated the district’s phone system, implemented a student information system, improved financial payroll processes, and incorporated tools and resources that empower teaching and learning.

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Improvements Support Easier and Faster IT Upgrades. With support from the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate , TCSD was able to upgrade the entire district in two years — and with an 85 percent equipment discount. “We We couldn’t have the bandwidth that we currently provide to students without E-rate,” says Daryl Shelton , information systems director for the California district. “It How E-Rate 2.0

6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

eSchool News

The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

Getting started: Your E-rate cheat sheet

eSchool News

It’s that time of year again–the federal E-rate program is getting underway, and with program updates and refreshes in recent years, you might need a primer on this year’s program. The E-rate program helps schools and libraries access high-speed internet and telecommunications at prices that won’t break the bank. At the end of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. One notable change is the FCC made permanent the Category Two budget approach it adopted in 2014, extending the trial period an extra year through the 2020 funding year. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. One notable change is the FCC made permanent the Category Two budget approach it adopted in 2014, extending the trial period an extra year through the 2020 funding year. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. One notable change is the FCC made permanent the Category Two budget approach it adopted in 2014, extending the trial period an extra year through the 2020 funding year. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy.

The FCC Announced E-Rate Program Updates. Now What?

EdTech Magazine

After an extended period in limbo, there is more clarity about the federal E-Rate program and what K–12 districts need to know when submitting forms for the next application period and planning future networking needs. One notable change is the FCC made permanent the Category Two budget approach it adopted in 2014, extending the trial period an extra year through the 2020 funding year. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

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. school and library to high-speed internet by helping states and school districts access billions of dollars in the newly modernized federal E-rate program.

Looking Inside the E-Rate Overhaul

EdTech Magazine

By Wylie Wong Changes made in 2014 are intended maximize spending, simplify administration and make sure that schools have affordable broadband. Budgeting Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

Educators Across the Country Challenge the @FCC to Bring #Internet4Schools to ALL of Our Kids!

Kleinspiration

We need your help to convince them to vote "YES" in order to expand E-rate so that our students can benefit from the access they need in our schools. Internet4Schools access for schools Alliance for Excellent Education e rate E-rate FCC Internet for Schools Wi-fi schools 40 Million K-12 Students Do Not Have the Level of Internet They Need in Schools The Federal Communications Commission, FCC, is considering expanding access for kids across the country.

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E-rate Amortization Cap Suspension Update

Education Superhighway

Prior to the 2014 Modernization Orders that transformed the E-rate program, all up-front, non-recurring costs over $500,000 had to be amortized over the life of the contract including items like construction costs for new fiber-optic circuits. The suspension of the amortization cap rule was set to expire for the coming E-rate Funding Year 2020 until last week’s announcement.

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

EdTech Magazine

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. Once its existing WAN ­provider wanted to charge significantly more for the same bandwidth speed, Midlothian Independent School District administrators began shopping for a faster, more affordable network — and they got one this ­summer with the help of E-rate fund s. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance.

E-rate: A Historical Perspective

Leadership Lounge

Though this year's E-rate Form 470 deadline has passed, the E-rate process and buying season for U.S. They have until May 26 to file their Form 471 purchase requests with the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) Schools and Libraries Division (SLD), which is the entity that administers the E-rate program for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table

Education Superhighway

As the largest education technology program in the country, the Schools and Libraries program (E-rate) has transformed Internet access in our nation’s schools. In 2014, AASA played a lead role in modernizing the E-rate program, advocating for key changes such as: A policy update to make the program broadband-centric; and. Still, more than $1 billion in E-rate funding is left on the table each year.

E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

The Funding: E-rate opportunities for K-12 schools. By leveraging new E-rate rules allowing the buildout of new fiber optics to these areas, the group applied as a consortium for an E-rate project to bring fiber to all sites and awarded the most cost-effective bid response – a combined dark fiber IRU, and a self-provisioned network. This project would not have been possible without the E-rate program. million will be funded by E-rate.

FCC official apologizes for recent problems plaguing E-rate

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A Federal Communications Commission official apologized to education stakeholders about the complexities of E-rate program rules and application procedures. More… Uncategorized broadband infrastructure E-Rate funding sources funds for learning

How E-rate Has Made High-Speed Connectivity Possible in Public Schools

Education Superhighway

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program with the objective of closing the K-12 digital divide within five years. The impact of E-rate modernization is most evident in the acceleration of the pace of upgrades in K-12 broadband networks. We have connected significantly more schools to the broadband they need for digital learning than was expected prior to E-rate modernization.

USAC CEO resigns amid frustrations involving E-rate program

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® Universal Service Administrative Company CEO Chris Henderson, who served in the role since 2014 under former Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler, has resigned, effective immediately. More… Uncategorized E-Rate program EPC system Universal Service Administrative Compan USAC

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

Edsurge

For more than 20 years, the Federal Communications Commission has directed the multi-billion dollar E-rate program, which provides taxpayer-supported construction and service discounts that districts and libraries can use toward internet costs. In 2014, the FCC modernized the E-rate program, raising the overall funding cap to about $4 billion, making more money available for schools and libraries.

SETDA in 2014: Year in Review

SETDA Says

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.

Proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Will Complete E-rate Modernization and Improve Connectivity for America’s Students

Education Superhighway

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.

After Net Neutrality, Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate

Edsurge

But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. Rather, it's centered in the popular E-Rate program, which has provided billions of dollars in broadband discounts and infrastructure upgrades to schools and libraries. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S. In 2014, the program was modernized, raising the overall annual funding cap to nearly $4 billion.

5 Things To Remember When Filing Your E-rate Form 470

Education Superhighway

Per the 2014 E-rate Modernization Orders, the FCC’s long term bandwidth goals are 1 Mbps per student for Internet Access and 10 Mbps per student for WAN circuits. The Form 470 and resulting procurement process are the parts of the E-rate application cycle that cause the most trouble for applicants. The post 5 Things To Remember When Filing Your E-rate Form 470 appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Why #Internet4Schools Matters

Tom Murray

Although the topic of E-Rate has come to the forefront in recent months, in the not-too-distant future the program will turn 20 years old. Personalized learning. One-to-one implementation. Bring your own device initiatives. All of these, when combined with high-quality instructional practice, can systemically change a classroom learning environment. However, these instructional practices and tools are essentially useless without an infrastructure that can properly support them.

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Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Its past due time to revisit the E-rate discount formula, which is the mechanism that allocates funds to schools. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

SETDA in the News: November/December 2014

SETDA Says

Below is a snapshot of some of the news stories referencing SETDA news and views during the last two months of 2014. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate FCC In the News Interoperability Legislation Policy Privacy Topics included. read more.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

After taking steps to update and increase funding for the E-rate program in 2014, this year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber. With the expanded E-rate opportunities, the number of K-12 districts exploring their dark/self-provisioned options could grow significantly over the next few years.

#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] Fast forward to 2014 and one would think that all schools would be in a position to provide Internet access to students like we were able to for the past five years. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering expanding Internet access in schools and we need your help telling them to vote “YES” to expanding E-rate in order to provide the nation’s students with the tools they need.

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EducationSuperHighway Applauds Historic Action by FCC to Connect All of America’s Students to High-Speed Broadband

Education Superhighway

SAN FRANCISCO — December 11, 2014 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve Chairman Wheeler’s latest proposal to complete modernization of the 18-year-old federal E-rate program. It has led the way in contributing extensive school and broadband data analyses that played a pivotal role in igniting action for modernization and shaping a smarter E-rate.

New toolkit to help schools increase fiber connections, affordably

eSchool News

A CoSN resource aims to help school tech leaders navigate new E-rate rules allowing for the use of dark fiber. District technology leaders looking for guidance around how to leverage the expanded fiber connectivity opportunities in the E-rate program might find help in the form of a new toolkit from CoSN and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter Networking & Broadband News

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent. Although there are many other factors that could have improved that graduation rate, the engagement that technology can foster—if done well—likely had an impact. ” Lacey also credited the E-Rate program for helping connect the district to high speed internet. What do we make of this 18th birthday of the E-Rate program? So it should be with E-Rate.