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 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). Schools and Libraries Division (SLD). Where do I go to apply for E-rate?

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: 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.

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.

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.

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,

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

Edsurge

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.

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 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

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.

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. 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. Sprint’s leadership wanted to marshal its resources behind “one cause that really made sense for us a company,” he added.

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

ExcelinEd

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

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.

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.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

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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Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

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.

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.

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.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

Many times, the funding is not enough, and schools supplement from outside sources, including the E-Rate program. There are no cap limits, no throttle rates, and no chastising schools when they need extra bandwidth.

McMinn County School System Makes Boxlight’sProColor Interactive Flat Panels the New Classroom Standard

techlearning

Those companies really became our partners.” The “Even the Playing Field” classroom initiative also involves the installation of sound systems from audio company TeachLogic. McMinn County School System in Athens, Tenn.,

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.

A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee

NeverEndingSearch

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) designated the Wednesday of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD, pronounced bee-wad ). In a nutshell, CIPA requires that schools and libraries receiving E-Rate funding “block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).”

The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

The Innovative Educator

Furthermore with companies like Neverware which can turn most any old device into a high-speed Chromebook, cost and tech support are no longer the barriers they once were. Consequently, consistent with previous resolutions, the American Library Association cannot recommend filtering."

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

“ Facebook Is Not a Technology Company ,” media studies professor Ian Bogost also wrote in August. If that’s what “technology” means, then every company is in the technology business – a useless distinction. …There are companies that are firmly planted in the computing sector. The most interesting thing about companies like Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook is that they are not (computing) technology companies.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. Jen Howard on “What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books ?” The company has $8.3

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Not Net Neutrality, but another potential FCC move – ending the E-Rate program. ” “A new analysis from the Center for American Progress found more than two dozen minority-serving institutions would fail a graduation rate requirement for funding in the proposed House update to the Higher Education Act ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” I’ll be adding student loan company Quiklo to the ed-tech dead pool. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Edsurge : “After Net Neutrality , Experts Expect Changes to FCC’s E-Rate.” “A TurboTax for student loan applications” according to Techcrunch, the company has raised $15.5 ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “New Data on Enrollments , Employees, Libraries.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. ” Testing, Testing… Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “These days, everyone’s talking about ‘equity,’ and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. “ 14 projects win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.” The company has raised $2.15

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ New York City libraries have announced they plan to forgive the late fees of all children aged 17 and under in a one-time amnesty event,” The AP reports. Via CNET : “ Verizon to pay $17M to resolve FCC, Justice E-Rate probes.” SoFi is the ed-tech company that has raised the most venture capital. And more on who’s buying student loan companies in the “business of ed-tech” section below. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. ” Via Real Clear Education : “Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate.” “Harvard Management Company to Lay Off Half Its Staff,” The Harvard Crimson reports. The company has raised $120.5

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via NPR : “ Betsy DeVos ’ Graduation Rate Mistake.” ” Via The Consumerist : “New Chairman Orders FCC To Abandon Court Defense Of Rule Limiting Prison Phone Rates.” ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” Also via Education Week : “Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program ’s Success.”

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Digital Equity: 5 Steps to Addressing the Homework Gap

Graphite Blog

In a sneak peek of the results from the forthcoming CoSN third annual E-Rate & Broadband Survey, which will be available by mid-October, the vast majority of U.S. School districts such as Green Bay in Wisconsin and Affton in Missouri as well as the Kansas City and New York public libraries have all created programs to allow students without Internet access at home to check out a mobile hot spot.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Wheeler supported e-Rate reform and “ net neutrality.” the largest for-profit operator of online schools in the country, are calling on the company to disclose how much it spends on lobbying and advertising ,” Education Week reports. Heather Hiles , formerly the CEO of portfolio company Pathbrite (which was sold to Cengage Learning in 2015) will be the new “ deputy director of postsecondary success ” at the Gates Foundation.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“A clause in the contract could, in the future, allow Nike to harvest personal data from Michigan athletes through the use of wearable technology like heart-rate monitors, GPS trackers and other devices that log myriad biological activities.” – to the New York-based company Cyndx. Founded by former Pearson exec Larry Singer , the company will offer openly licensed resources to schools. The company has raised $7.45 Education Politics.