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

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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

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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.

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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 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. For more detailed information, please refer to our terminology guidance in our upgrade toolkit.

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. Solix declined to comment, referring all questions back to USAC.

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.

Major Telecom Sprint Pledges to Bring Web Connectivity to 1 Million Students

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Students participating in the program will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or “hotspot” device that offers them access to the web. That term refers to students lacking internet connectivity away from school, which leaves them unable to complete assignments online that their peers from more privileged backgrounds routinely complete without a hitch. families with children in school do not have home broadband access.

Education in the Era of COVID-19: Why Connection Matters

Digital Promise

With digital learning likely to stretch into the fall due to COVID-19, how can we ensure every student has equitable access to powerful learning opportunities? We continue to just stretch our brains creatively about how to, in a very safe way, get those students access to resources.”.

8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space

EdTech Magazine

Only when access to technology is consistent and predictable will teachers be willing to incorporate digital tools into their planning. Many school districts fund essential networking upgrades through the federal Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund , more commonly referred to as E-rate. Often, vendors work with districts to identify products that are eligible for E-rate funding. 8 Steps to Create a Successful Modern Learning Space.

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Only 28% of Districts Have Enough Bandwidth to Use Digital Learning Every Day

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As America’s classrooms become increasingly connected, the nation inches ever closer to reaching a major milestone: 100 percent of schools with high-speed internet access, defined as at least 100 kbps (or 100 thousand bits per second) per student. million students who lack internet access, the nonprofit is also looking ahead to the future, when 1 Mbps per student becomes the new broadband benchmark. Last year, when 94 percent of districts had access to high-speed broadband and 6.5

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms

MindShift

Schools across the country are nervously watching to see if the Federal Communications Commission chooses to repeal Obama-era regulations that protect an open internet, often referred to as “net neutrality.” Companies can’t block access to any websites or apps, and can’t meddle with loading speeds. Studies have shown discrepancies in access to internet, especially with poor schools and in rural schools that lack high-speed internet.

Edtech in Rural Education

eSpark

This holds true for any school district, but in rural communities, where general access to technology is often limited, it is especially important. Piedmont students that lived outside the city limits were given access to mobile wi-fi hotspots for $15-$40 a month.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Although the E-rate program provides substantial financial support, there is sometimes still a “gap” in funding that cannot be covered using the district’s existing budget. Reports from your WAN and Internet Access service providers.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

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Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. He references the plight of adjuncts, including Doonesbury’s take.

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

In today’s classrooms, basic Internet access is not enough. Having high-speed access in school networks is now a necessity in every child’s education. For school districts, preparation for the school year begins long before the first day of school.

3 Questions To Start the Connectivity Conversation in Your School District

Education Superhighway

In today’s classrooms, basic Internet access is not enough. Having high-speed access in school networks is now a necessity in every child’s education. Whether you’re inquiring for your own reference or to convince colleagues of the importance of a network upgrade, having an understanding of what your broadband costs could be is important. For school districts, preparation for the school year begins long before the first day of school.

Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

The Hechinger Report

Access to technology is another funding-related struggle. “If If E-rate didn’t fund our technology, we didn’t get it,” he said, referring to a federal program that makes telecommunications and Internet access more affordable for schools and libraries. “We

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Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” Anyway, looks like we’re back to referring to SoFi as a “student loan provider” and not some other new-fangled fin-tech darling. “ Sprint Rolls Out Effort to Boost Student Connectivity, Tech Access,” says EdWeek’s Market Brief. (National) Education Politics. From the White House Press Office : “ President Donald J.

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Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” The BBC reports that “ Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content.” ” Meanwhile, “ Germany -wide consortium of research libraries announce boycott of Elsevier journals over open access,” according to BoingBoing. The Trump Administration.

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. Via Education Week : “One million high school students from low-income families will receive free internet access under President Barack Obama’s ’ My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative for minority males, the White House announced.”