Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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. edWeb Blog E-rate E-rate Funding education funding

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.

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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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E-Rate Survival FAQs

eSchool News

What (and who) is E-rate? E-rate is a US Federal Program for funding telecom and technology in K-12 schools and Libraries. The program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under direction by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Key components of the program include: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). A division of USAC responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the E-rate 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.

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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: 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. Now that we're in the second year of the revised E-rate program, let's take a look back at where we came from and why E-rate needed a major overhaul.

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


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


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.

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USAC CEO resigns amid frustrations involving E-rate program

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® Universal Service Administrative Company CEO Chris Henderson, who served in the role since 2014 under former Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler, has resigned, effective immediately. More… Uncategorized E-Rate program EPC system Universal Service Administrative Compan USAC

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, The E-rate discount is calculated off of this budget number. Since this is year two of E-rate 2.0,

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?

On FCC Support for Schools Under a Trump Administration

Doug Levin

Post-Election Positioning: Implications for Education Companies.” “I strongly suspect that under a Trump Administration there will be pressure to reduce the overall universal service fee, which would put pressure on the E-rate and other programs,” Levin said. For larger companies, savvy political players will be spending a lot of money on their K Street lobbyists to influence decision makers. Blog News Policy Donald Trump E-rate FCC Homework Gap

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FCC announces regulatory relief for school districts affected by recent hurricanes

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® The Federal Communications Commission announced that the Universal Service Administrative Company will allow local educational agencies and libraries damaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma extra time to meet E-rate deadlines. More … Uncategorized E-Rate federal education spending FEMA hurricane telecommunications

Dark fiber could be the future of school networking

eSchool News

After taking steps to update and increase funding for the E-rate program in 2014, this year the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber.

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. The company and its foundation also say they will raise money through special events, and donation of devices, and other activities. Sprint’s leadership wanted to marshal its resources behind “one cause that really made sense for us a company,” he added.

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

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.

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

eSchool News

For years, the federal government has helped local schools buy computers through E-rate, the money it collects through a service fee charged to telecommunications companies. 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. “For states that do have matching funds, districts must apply during the E-rate cycle, which opened on January 11 and will close on March 22.

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.

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


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.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

The organization lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to allow districts to get or improve their Wi-Fi with money from a program called E-rate.

Next-Gen Voice and Presence Technology Keep K–12 Districts Safer

EdTech Magazine

Because the district’s phone system used Primary Rate Interface voice lines, it would no longer qualify for federal assistance by the end of 2019 due to changes in the FCC’s E-rate program. Next-Gen Voice and Presence Technology Keep K–12 Districts Safer. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


As Secretary Duncan’s chief of staff wrote at the time, the Common Core was intended to create a national market for book publishers, technology companies , testing corporations, and other vendors.”. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010.

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

Education Superhighway

And in recent months, data has been essential to our defense of the E-rate program. Every year, we conduct surveys asking K-12 public school districts to clarify their publicly available E-rate data.

Highlights from SXSW’s education confab in Austin – and beyond

The Hechinger Report

In a nutshell: Right now schools use a variety of digital programs that collect data that could be of use to teachers, but programs made by different companies don’t play well together – and some programs won’t even allow teachers to export data out of the system to use it themselves.

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


In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission overhauled the E-rate program, which helps subsidize the cost of internet access and other telecommunications services for schools and libraries. Of the 2.3 million U.S. students not yet connected to high-speed internet, 1.9

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. Learning On-the-Go : Part of the federal E-rate program , Learning On-the-Go is a pilot program that helps schools fund wireless Internet connectivity for mobile learning devices such as tablets, Chromebooks, or laptops.

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

Education Superhighway

The FCC is helping schools make the necessary investments in their broadband infrastructure through December 2014’s Second E-rate Modernization order , which provides public school districts and libraries with new options for funding fiber special construction projects.

?A Fight for Internet Access Is Brewing in Alaska


That’s how much Nome Public Schools in Alaska is charged for its 700 students, according E-rate data gathered by nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. 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. If you think your monthly internet bill is high, try $233,817.

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

EdTech Magazine

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. . K–12's Digital Transformation Is Giving Libraries a Modern Makeover. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:56. Today’s school libraries are being reinvented.

A community broadband approach to closing the connectivity gap

Education Superhighway

We closed that gap by contracting with a team of E-rate experts from E-rate Central and a network design engineer from Mighty River. Through the federal funding mechanism called E-rate we are closing the connectivity gap.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset


District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates. billion E-rate program that provides broadband discounts to schools and libraries—along with the U.S.