Why E-rate is critical for school technology access

eSchool News

Every year, schools and libraries have access to billions of dollars of funding through the FCC’s E-rate program. In this post I’ll break down the importance of E-rate, how it works, and the types of technologies it makes available that are crucial to education.

3 reasons E-rate funding remains critical for school internet access

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The federal E-rate program remains a vital and trusted funding source to bring “mission-critical” internet access to schools and libraries, according to an annual report tracking trends and developments related to the federal funding stream.

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7 reasons E-rate funding is critical for schools and libraries

eSchool News

In its annual E-rate Trends Survey , E-rate compliance services firm Funds For Learning takes a look at the federal E-rate funding landscape and analyzes how the funding stream supports learning in schools and libraries.

Archived: E?rate Modernization Progress Report (Jan 2017)

Doug Levin

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of Erate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed. To that end, and in the public interest, I am making the January 2017 E-rate Modernization Progress Report ( DOC-343099A1.pdf ) available on this site in its entirety. Blog Broadband Policy Research Insights ALA E-rate FCC

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E-rate report reveals dire need for off-campus internet

eSchool News

While E-rate remains a crucial program for schools and libraries to ensure connectivity, the COVID-19 pandemic brought attention to the need for increased flexibility and funds for off-campus learning.

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Funding Year 2021 E-rate Application Window is Now Open

eSchool News

Funds For Learning announces that the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) opened the E-rate filing window on January 15, 2021, and will accept applications until March 25, 2021. For updates regarding this year’s E-rate filing window, please visit [link].

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. The E-rate program helps schools and libraries access high-speed internet and telecommunications at prices that won’t break the bank. At the end of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5

Districts say E-rate is critical to their learning goals

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. According to initial feedback from Funds For Learning’s annual E-rate applicant survey, E-rate recipients continue to rely on E-rate funding to provide connectivity for schools and libraries across the nation.

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. According to initial feedback from Funds For Learning’s annual E-rate applicant survey, E-rate recipients continue to rely on E-rate funding to provide connectivity for schools and libraries across the nation.

E-rate support during COVID-19

Education Superhighway

Despite the challenges ahead, we are here to provide connectivity and E-rate support during COVID-19. Here are a few ways the E-rate and broadband community is working to help connect your students during the crisis. The FCC took two steps to support schools in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: They extended the E-rate Form 471 deadline to April 29, 2020. State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA).

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.

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. That’s why especially pleased when, recently, the Federal Communications Commission and the Universal Service and Administrative Company extended a crucial filing deadline related to the high-speed internet program in schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate.

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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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. 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. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds.

6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

eSchool News

The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

Streamlining the E-Rate 2.0 Application Process

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Recent changes to E-Rate help to speed your school’s review process. Classroom Digital Content Funding Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

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.

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. The E-rate program helps schools and libraries access high-speed internet and telecommunications at prices that won’t break the bank. At the end of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5

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. That would be the bare minimum amount of time you would need to bid out an E-rate funded project, before the final deadline.”. Schools need to get activated in that EPT (E-rate Productivity Center) system.

How E-Rate 2.0 Helps Schools Afford Broadband and Wi-Fi

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff What K–12 schools and districts need to know about changes to the E-Rate program. Funding Leadership Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

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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. Three further thoughts spurred by this terrific piece: That it costs more to provide robust broadband to rural communities seems to me an incontrovertible fact. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

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

How to Maximize Your District's E-Rate Spending

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By EdTech Staff E-Rate changes help ensure schools can spend funds effectively. Classroom Internet Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

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

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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

Looking Inside the E-Rate Overhaul

EdTech Magazine

By Wylie Wong Changes made in 2014 are intended maximize spending, simplify administration and make sure that schools have affordable broadband. Budgeting Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Wireless

4 Tips for Making Your E-Rate Application Smooth

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff When applying for E-Rate, schools and districts should plan ahead. Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Wi-Fi

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

eSchool News

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. Next page: How schools are currently using E-Rate for digital success). e-rate Featured on eSchool News How-to IT Management IT Newsletter

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 Vision: A high-speed broadband network for pueblo schools and libraries.

CoSN Issues Call to Action on E-Rate

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The new cap proposed might cause recurring funding shortfalls for the E-rate program and disrupt long-term district broadband infrastructure planning

E-rate Category 2 NPRM Update

Education Superhighway

EducationSuperHighway enthusiastically agrees with the Commission’s statement that the E-Rate Category 2 Rules implemented via the 2014 Modernization Orders have resulted in “more equitable and predictable” Category 2 funding, and fully supports the Commission’s intent to make these rules permanent. . The E-rate Category 2 program has been a real game-changer for school districts across America looking to upgrade their internal networks.

Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan Nearly 30 states across the country failed to claim E-Rate funding for schools and libraries. Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking

Revamped E-Rate Program Is ‘Custom Built’ for Connectivity

EdTech Magazine

Hayes Experts offer tips on how to maximize funds for robust broadband and wireless networks. By Heather B. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Wide Area Networks Wireless

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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?

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.

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.

E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it set an annual target of $1 billion annually to help schools upgrade their internal networks and implement Wi-Fi in every classroom. That amounts to $150 in E-rate Category 2 funding per student, to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. E-rate Category Two covers three service types: Internal Connections. Managed Internal Broadband Services.

E-Rate Funding Applications Total $3.9B for 2015

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Funding Management Mobile Broadband Mobility Networking Online Learning WirelessFrank Smith 'These requests reflect long pent-up demand' says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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

eSchool News

And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation. Related content: 4 things to ask about E-rate funding. During a recent webinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development.