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E-rate support during COVID-19

Education Superhighway

We understand that now, more than ever, technology and connectivity guidance is critical. While many school district leaders must focus on at-home connectivity and distance education in the short term, long-term technology planning will also shift to address changes made during this time. Despite the challenges ahead, we are here to provide connectivity and E-rate support during COVID-19. State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA).

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind. During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development.

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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

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The E-Rate Aftermath

Gaggle Speaks

What Good is E-Rate Modernization if Schools Can’t Pay for What’s Connected to Broadband? The dust is starting to settle from the recent changes to the federal E-Rate program. Bandwidth is valuable, but bandwidth without safe communication and collaboration tools—which accounted for less than 5% of E-Rate funds—drastically diminishes the value of increased connection speeds.

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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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.

E-rate Terminology for Educators

Education Superhighway

One of the barriers to entry for the E-rate program is the difficulty in understanding the technical terminology required to file for data services. Complicating this further is the fact that USAC uses certain terms on their Forms and in their guidance materials that are not commonly used in the Information Technology or Telecommunications industries at large. Understand the difference between a bundled Internet access connection and ISP Services Only.

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.

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. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

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.

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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. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

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. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

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. The FCC approved the last five-year E-Rate budget in 2014, which was also the first year of the program modernization. MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn best practices for developing an E-Rate strategy. E-Rate Wins and Unfulfilled Wishes.

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

eSchool News

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. Funds For Learning’s (FFL) 2015 survey asked E-rate applicants to give feedback on issues such as technology use, how complex the process is, and anticipated demand for future eligible services. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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. 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. While the focus on communication has remained, technology has changed radically throughout the past two decades.

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

eSchool News

Textbooks and blackboards have become a thing of the past in K-12 schools as educators collaborate with IT teams to shape a full digital core curriculum as part of their educational strategy for 2017 and beyond. To support these initiatives, the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program has recently been expanded to provide schools nationwide with subsidies for high-speed broadband and gigabit wireless networks.

Essential Guide to Digital Citizenship for CIPA and E-Rate

Graphite Blog

E-rate is complicated. But complying with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) -- a requirement of E-rate -- doesn't have to be. What is E-rate? Who is eligible to receive E-rate support? What is E-rate?

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).

Funds For Learning Introduces ‘My E-rate Guides?’ to Further Support E-rate Applicants

techlearning

My E-rate Guides? brings monthly online learning events, a community Q&A forum, an on-demand archive and hourly consulting opportunities to applicants as they navigate the federal E-rate funding program. My E-rate Guides? brings monthly online learning events, a community Q&A forum, an on-demand archive and hourly consulting opportunities to applicants as they navigate the federal E-rate funding program. “We My E-rate Guides?

How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans

eSchool News

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21st century learning or are left behind. Related content: 4 things to ask about E-rate funding. Accessing the E-Rate and matching state funds. Department of Education does not provide funding for this purpose.

$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.

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. Participants will learn the critical things about E-rate 2016: What is E-rate Modernization Order (aka E-rate 2.0).

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. We saw how increased broadband speeds in our schools can play a transformational role for education and set a new paradigm for Indian education.” The Funding: E-rate opportunities for K-12 schools.

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

Edsurge

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. The FCC’s impact on education isn't limited to net neutrality, however. Early in his tenure, Pai revoked an Obama-era progress report praising E-Rate modernization.

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

Edsurge

It’s one of the cruelest ironies in education: today’s schools must build and maintain robust high-speed, fiber-optic internet connections. 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. A quarter of respondents rated the system neither easy nor difficult in the 2017 survey.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways. Three ways technology can help increase equity in schools.

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. This led the Alliance for Excellent Education (and its partners) – inexplicably – to rally around this goal with the uninspirational ‘ 99 in 5 ‘ campaign instead of pushing for universal access.

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

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.

Net neutrality repeal widens opportunity gap for students

eSchool News

In December, the FCC repealed net neutrality–a policy that allows equitable access to content on the internet–in a 3-2 vote along party lines. While there are stakeholders who believe that the end of net neutrality will result in an online environment better suited for innovation, competition and economic growth, there are troublesome implications for students and teachers in our country–from preschool all the way through institutes of higher education.

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. April 25, 2018) – The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Now is the time to invest back into the E-rate program just as it is impacting our communities.

How Congress and the FCC Could Help Millions of Students Access Remote Learning

Edsurge

With no guaranteed end in sight, we need Congress to take swift and decisive action to empower the federal E-rate funding program to support off-campus learning devices and connectivity, delivered via secure internet access.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning. Education Blog

OPINION: College in a pandemic is tough enough — without reliable broadband access, it’s nearly impossible

The Hechinger Report

Sadly, though, the reality is that millions of Americans — in rural and urban areas alike, and including many underrepresented minorities — lack the reliable broadband connections needed to access postsecondary and K-12 education in a nation that remains in partial lockdown.

Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access

Edsurge

According to the most recent federal data, about 14 percent of households with school-age children do not have internet access. And among those who do have access, not all have a broadband connection. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology. “We