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

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Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

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. “We were able to do a lot of this because of E-rate funding,” Dickerson said.

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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.

Most districts say E-rate is critical for internet access

eSchool News

A large majority of E-rate applicants (87 percent) said the federally funded program is vital to their internet connectivity goals, according to an annual survey that tracks program applicants’ perspectives on the program. e-rate Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter News

Revamped E-Rate Program Is ‘Custom Built’ for Connectivity

EdTech Magazine

Hayes Experts offer tips on how to maximize funds for robust broadband and wireless networks. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Wide Area Networks WirelessBy Heather B.

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How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program. Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus.

E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it set an annual target of $1 billion annually to help schools upgrade their internal networks and implement Wi-Fi in every classroom. E-rate Category Two covers three service types: Internal Connections.

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

EdTech Magazine

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance. E-rate provides $3.9 E-rate Category One funding is invaluable.

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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.

What You Need to Know About E-rate

Digital Promise

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. Meanwhile, Riverside used their $9 million E-rate subsidy to purchase mobile learning devices equipped with 4G data connectivity.

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

Education Superhighway

Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology. million will be funded by E-rate.

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

eSchool News

With some districts and schools still struggling to meet bandwidth needs, keeping E-rate strong is more vital than ever. As the roles of connectivity and technology within our schools continue to evolve, modernizing the E-rate program is a huge priority for us.

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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. Ancillary E-Rate News

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.

7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes

eSchool News

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.

School districts take advantage of E-rate’s category one funding

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E-rate provides $3.9 billion annually to K–12 school districts to help pay for access to high-speed broadband. Uncategorized broadband E-Rate IT WANDistricts can get a 20 to 90 percent ­discount on services and equipment based on their percentage of students from low-income families who participate in the National School Lunch Program. Read more at Ed Tech Magazine.

These schools are leveraging E-Rate for a complete digital transformation

eSchool News

As the world undergoes a digital transformation—with connectivity and access to computers and mobile devices playing an increasingly prominent role in everyone’s lives—elementary schools know they need to incorporate technology in the educational process to prepare their students for future success.

$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.

Get Ready for E-Rate 2.0 with Highlights from the Recent Changes

EdTech Magazine

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

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. The key is the state leadership to make broadband accessible to all.

EducationSuperHighway and E-rate Consultants: How We Collaborate

Education Superhighway

In our work with state and school district leaders, one of the questions that comes up most frequently is whether we are E-rate consultants. However, while we collaborate with E-rate consultants frequently, we actually support school districts in different ways.

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: How Your District Can Prepare for an E-Rate Audit. If you’re using E-rate funds , prepare to be reviewed or audited. Most people don’t know what E-rate is until something goes wrong.”. Last year, E-rate applicants were asked to repay more than $60 million because of audit findings and other disputes, Cruzan said. Dickerson said E-rate has benefitted her district of 30,500 students and 3,500 employees on 43 campuses across St.

EducationSuperHighway and E-rate Consultants: How We Collaborate

Education Superhighway

In our work with state and school district leaders, one of the questions that comes up most frequently is whether we are E-rate consultants. Since E-rate is the primary funding source for broadband Internet for schools nationwide, our mission to connect all of America’s classrooms is intertwined with the program in many ways. However, while we collaborate with E-rate consultants frequently, we actually support school districts in different ways.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

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. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech? A History of E-rate Legislation.

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. This catalyzed a sea change in the broadband available in America’s schools. Why has E-rate modernization worked so well?

E-rate Filing Window Is Now Open: 3 Resources to Get Started

Education Superhighway

Here we outline three essential resources to help you successfully navigate the E-rate process and avoid common pitfalls. We are committed to helping school district leaders with your broadband upgrades at no cost.

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

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It’s no great overstatement to say that the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to rollback net neutrality protections has shaken the education community’s faith in open and equitable internet access for all students. 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.

Individual school E-Rate applicants drop, raising concerns

FETC Converge

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 gap

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

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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.

Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey

techlearning

To inform the Federal Communications Commission in evaluating and refreshing the vitality of the $4 billion program, Funds For Learning announces its eighth annual E-rate Applicant Survey. Now is the time to invest back into the E-rate program just as it is impacting our communities.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

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. Next page: Better broadband affordability).

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

A federal report on students’ home access to digital learning resources is months late, and ed-tech groups say the delay is impeding efforts to close the homework gap. ” Next page: Why low-income students could be even more at risk for losing internet access.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

A free tool from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway is intended to help district technology leaders compare broadband and connectivity information with other districts nearby and across the nation. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News

Q&A: How the Virginia DOE and Orange County Leveraged E-rate

Education Superhighway

Over the last three years, the Virginia K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP) has helped dozens of schools increase their access to affordable, high-speed Internet. The Virginia Department of Education’s Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Susan Clair, spearheads the effort to ensure school leaders are aware of the E-rate program, funding, tools and resources needed for a successful broadband upgrade. E-rate Committed Funding Amount: $1,005,402.38.

Free School Broadband Comparison Tool

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Although the window has closed to submit e-rate applications, districts can still use the free resource, Compare & Connect K–12, by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, as they consider their needs over the next three to five years.

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

Building out the infrastructure to support high-speed Internet access requires multi-layered collaboration between state and district leaders, school administrators, and service providers. students equal access to a robust, modern education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Help on your E-rate Form 471 Application – Webinar dates announced

Education Superhighway

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#.

How a tech director increased digital access

Education Superhighway

In 2016, EducationSuperHighway worked with the Virginia Department Of Education (VDOE) to hire an E-rate and school technology specialist. But we wanted schools to think bigger than just E-rate. What were the biggest challenges to expanding broadband in Virginia?