Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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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.

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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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

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.

TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process. Sovereign and Martinez presented several best practices that can guide districts to E-rate success. Build an E-Rate Team in Your District. MORE FROM EDTECH : E-rate applications slow despite available funds.

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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. This generally means meeting the program’s definition of a school or library.

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. This generally means meeting the program’s definition of a school or library.

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.

4 questions to ask about E-rate funding

eSchool News

Paying for internet access and securing the network do not come cheap. E-rate gives schools access to necessary technology they otherwise may not be able to afford. There are two categories of funding in the E-rate program.

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. schools and libraries are not yet over.

About 79 Percent of Schools and Libraries Have Faster Internet Because of E-Rate

EdTech Magazine

Access Points Funding Management NetworkingBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez The latest research indicates that the FCC’s program is effective at bringing more connectivity to K–12 students.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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. 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.

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$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. However, with digital learning opening new opportunities for students and teachers, schools and libraries must continue to utilize the program to prepare their networks for the future — and we want to help. Still, more than $1 billion in E-rate funding is left on the table each year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

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.

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.

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

CUE

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access. Its success underscores CUE’s focused advocacy efforts on preserving important programs and policies that insure equal access to the Internet and related technology,” said John Cradler, CUE Legislative Consultant.

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover

EdTech Magazine

K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented. No longer just a haven for dusty books and stern shushes, the library is now a place for digital resources and makerspaces and flexible learning. The landscape of a K–12 library is changing with the times, and librarians oversee an important space for today’s modern learner. Student Feedback Can Be Helpful for Library Design.

FCC to fine AT&T for overcharging Fla. districts

eSchool News

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 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.

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 says it will partner with nonprofits My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and EveryoneOn to recruit community organizations, including schools, libraries, and public housing authorities, to the program.

#FactFriday: 44.7M Students Have High-Speed Internet Access

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Visit EducationSuperHighway.org to learn how your state can upgrade internet access in every public school classroom to empower more students to take advantage of the promise of digital learning. Of the 2.3 million U.S. students not yet connected to high-speed internet, 1.9

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

It also brought influential education leaders together at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., 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.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

techlearning

JUNE 26, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission soon will evaluate funding regulations for broadband internet in schools and libraries to consider how connectivity demands align with program utility and efficiency. Key 2018 survey findings include: E-rate is fulfilling its mission.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Still, huge gaps exist in educational outcomes, high school graduation rates, college readiness and workforce advancements based on race, class, and geography. There are three parts to the problem—access, participation, and powerful use. school and library to the internet.