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Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

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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.

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.

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

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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.

It’s time to ask how E-rate will impact learning outcomes

eSchool News

With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions. In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago.

What do educators want from E-rate? Voice service, more C2 funding

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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. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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.

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.

New Mexico school districts take advantage of E-rate state match and special construction to fund fiber upgrades

Education Superhighway

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.

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.

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. 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.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. Consider this gap: some 99 percent of K-12 public schools and libraries in some form or fashion (thanks in large part to the E-Rate program) yet 30 percent of Americans.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

SETDA Says

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

SETDA Says

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!

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. Eighty-eight percent of U.S.

How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

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.

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

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

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. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

SETDA Says

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

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.

Digital divide hits small towns hard

eSchool News

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.

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.

FCC to fine AT&T for overcharging Fla. districts

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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.

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

SETDA Says

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

eSchool News

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.

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

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

eSchool News

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.

Avoid Top 5 Common Mistakes That Schools Make During E-rate Application Process

eSchool News

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.

SETDA Disappointed in FCC Lifeline Revocations and Modernization Report Retraction

SETDA Says

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

Marketplace K-12

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.

How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools?

The Hechinger Report

To name one important example, E-Rate is a federal program that provides money for school internet connections. Digital Education K-12 News Personalized Learning Politics Technology access Credit: Getty Images. Now what?

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#.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

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.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

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.

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.

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

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. Impact of E-rate Changes.

How connected are your state’s classrooms? Check out this map

eSchool News

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.

Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond

The Hechinger Report

What’s up with E-Rate: This happened in Washington, but was worriedly discussed in Austin, as well. Meanwhile, 11 Senators wrote a letter to Pai expressing concern about his choice to scrub the staff report on E-rate from the public record.