E-Rate 2.0: Advice for Companies Navigating Changes to the Program

Marketplace K-12

Businesses working with schools can help themselves by closely monitoring applications to the E-rate program, and their use of federal discounts made available, a newly published guide says. E-rate For-Profit Education Online Learning Procurement broadband erate edtech

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S. Early in his tenure, Pai revoked an Obama-era progress report praising E-Rate modernization.

E-rate Filing Strategy: What School Districts Should Know

Leadership Lounge

As schools and libraries plan their E-rate strategies under the new rules of E-rate 2.0, And that strategy has to take into consideration five-year overall dollar caps on a mix of internal connections, managed internal broadband services and basic maintenance.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

While much of the speculation about the future of education technology under President Trump has been focused on the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ( her investment in various ed-tech companies , her support for vouchers and charter schools), it’s probably worth remembering that the Department of Education is hardly the only agency that shapes education and education technology policy. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech?

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.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

Jojo Myers Campos is the state broadband development manager and has been working on the Nevada Connect Kids Initiative for the past two years. What experiences led you to become passionate about expanding broadband access?

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. They’re building their own countywide broadband network.

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

Dark fiber is helping some districts scale broadband for tomorrow, not today. With the expanded E-rate opportunities, the number of K-12 districts exploring their dark/self-provisioned options could grow significantly over the next few years.

How Publicly Available Broadband Data Can Help Us Close the Connectivity Gap

Education Superhighway

These are critical questions, and we are committed to ensuring that when it comes to our work, the answers around our use of broadband data are clear. For school districts that lack adequate broadband, transparent, accurate data can be incredibly powerful.

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

Marketplace K-12

The company’s effort comes as policymakers at the federal level and school advocates are calling for greater focus on addressing the so-called homework gap. families with children in school do not have home broadband access. The company and its foundation also say they will raise money through special events, and donation of devices, and other activities. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rate

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

eSchool News

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. Best Practices Blended Learning internet broadband classrooms e-rate home access home internet access schools wi-fi

Alabama commits $12M to beef up wireless in poor and rural schools

eSchool News

In a rare unanimous vote, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill to free up $12 million that could help poor and rural schools get wireless broadband inside their walls. To get E-rate money, though, local systems have to pitch in matching funds.

Is Your School District Eligible for State Matching Funds?

Education Superhighway

Since its inception, E-rate has been instrumental in making K-12 broadband more affordable and accessible than ever. ” These charges are the design, engineering, project management, and construction costs related to the building of new broadband infrastructure.

How EducationSuperHighway and Service Providers Collaborate

Education Superhighway

Participates in the E-rate competitive bidding process. While we do provide guidance about E-rate filing strategies through our website, webinars, and other avenues, we do not directly apply to provide services to districts.

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

EdTech Magazine

As such, modern libraries should be outfitted with robust broadband and plenty of places for students and educators to charge equipment. Because wireless networking can be an expensive endeavor, schools can use E-rate funding to pay for these upgrades. Libraries may apply annually through the federal Universal Service Administrative Company for eligible components to bolster high-speed internet. .

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

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Instead, EducationSuperHighway is sunsetting because, well, that’s what Marwell always intended it to do—once the organization reached its expressed goal of connecting 99 percent of K-12 students to high-speed broadband. So seven years ago, knowing little about school broadband, he dove in.

How EducationSuperHighway’s fiber program helps school districts identify affordable fiber solutions

Education Superhighway

And to not only seamlessly administer online tests but also enable digital learning in the classroom, schools need robust broadband. Educators know that with springtime comes state assessments and testing—something that more and more states are mandating to be completed online.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

“If you didn’t have Internet access outside of school, you could learn in my class, but boy would it be at a different pace and rate and difficulty,” he says. In December, the district won a $15,000 grant from Cellcom, a local cellphone company. The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free.

Network Essentials: Successful Procurement

Education Superhighway

Monthly broadband fees. Over the last five years, the cost of school broadband has decreased by 85%. 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.

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

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edWebinar 4/9 State Leadership for K12 Broadband Implementation @ENAconnects @Kajeet @mobilebeacon @SETDA [link] pic.twitter.com/XmL5wKfgZT. And telecommunications companies have mostly bought into the idea of providing schools with substantially more bandwidth for marginally more money.”

?New Report Spells Out How to Connect 6.5M Students in Schools Without Internet

Edsurge

million students in under-connected schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway , which analyzes data from E-rate applications. Mostly the report attributes the connectivity gains to E-rate modernization, which increased overall funding for school broadband projects and took steps to make it easier for schools to purchase fiber networks. We have seen a real change in the FCC approval rates for these projects.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that w ith access to more information and more data on broadband speeds and pricing, school district leaders are empowered to find new service options, make informed broadband choices, and get more bandwidth for their budgets. As a result, m ore schools can upgrade their broadband networks and give their students equal access to countless digital learning opportunities. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Imagine how many customers a company could get running 10 miles of fiber somewhere else. Since 2014, a primary goal of the E-rate program has been to ensure affordable access to high-speed broadband in the nation’s schools.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

It is our core belief that with transparency in broadband speeds and pricing, school districts are empowered to grow their technology programs. TRANSPARENCY DRIVES CHANGE.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska

Edsurge

That’s how much Nome Public Schools in Alaska is charged for its 700 students, according E-rate data gathered by nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. GCI, a broadband provider in the state, is slated for purchase by Colorado-based Liberty Interactive in a deal that could amount to nearly $1 billion. Before e-rates, schools in the region are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for state-mandated broadband internet access,” the Alaska Democrat wrote.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Back in late 2013, Barack Obama and the White House launched the ConnectED Initiative , an effort to bring almost $2 billion worth of high-quality broadband, technology and professional development to schools and districts across the U.S. As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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Oregon school works with EducationSuperHighway to get 11x faster Internet speeds for students

Education Superhighway

Located on a large island in the middle of the Columbia River, Sauvie Island Academy faced several roadblocks to obtaining sufficient broadband speeds. Understand the Broadband Landscape.

Alaska schools pay a price for the nation’s slowest internet, but change is coming

The Hechinger Report

The great irony is that the multimillion-dollar cable was planted in the Arctic by an Anchorage-based telecommunications company thanks, in large part, to global warming. New state leadership will likely shape the future of rural broadband, but in what ways is yet to be determined.

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms

MindShift

Companies can’t block access to any websites or apps, and can’t meddle with loading speeds. The federal E-Rate program , which helps eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to phone and internet services, was redesigned and refunded just last year helped try and patch that gap. have access to high-speed internet and more than 118,000 school and libraries use the E-rate program.

Which Stories Do the Nations' Education Technology Reporters Want You To Follow?

Edsurge

And there were a lot of questionable financial activities going on at the top, including the fact that the school's founder had started his own for-profit management company and gave it a no-bid $5 million contract. And your latest story, Benjamin, focuses on the Federal Communications Commission, and you talk about E-Rate. Benjamin Herold: One of the biggest, almost invisible federal funding streams for schools and libraries is the E-rate program.

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?Overcoming Hacking and Cybercrimes — The Next Obstacle to Edtech

Edsurge

Providing hosted services rather than giving districts the software to install on their own servers is better for edtech companies; it makes their products easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain. Given the financial and user support challenges facing edtech companies, these economies should translate into benefits for both vendors and schools, and stimulate the edtech market as a whole.

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