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

On Altering the Public Record on E-Rate

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Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program’s Success.” “It’s particularly curious because [FCC Chair] Pai himself seems to value data in decisionmaking.” Blog News Policy Ajit Pai E-rate FCCAs quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Education Week. 8 February 2017. It’s common for a federal agency to switch policy directions after a change in leadership, especially following a presidential election, said Douglas A.

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CoSN 2019: Complexity and Logistics Remain E-Rate Challenges

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2019: Complexity and Logistics Remain E-Rate Challenges. The E-rate program can be a challenge for K–12 districts to navigate, even as it allows many schools to achieve technology initiatives that otherwise might not be possible. Data Center.

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Here’s a must-do for E-rate applicants

eSchool News

Calling all E-rate coordinators–there is one important step you can take now to ensure a smooth process when the E-rate filing window opens in 2019.

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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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.

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

4 questions to ask about E-rate funding

eSchool News

The E-rate program was developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its subsidiary, the Universal Services Administrative Committee (USAC), to provide federal funding to K-12 schools and public libraries across the country.

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.

What do educators want from E-rate? Voice service, more C2 funding

eSchool News

Eighty-six percent of E-rate applicants participating in a recent survey said they are concerned about the Federal Communication Commission’s phase-out of support for voice service, according to recent data. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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20 Years Strong: How E-rate Has Impacted Educational Equity

Education Superhighway

And although there are many mechanisms in place to accomplish that goal, none has been nearly as instrumental as the FCC’s E-rate program. Since 1998, E-rate has made that belief an attainable, affordable goal for school districts. News E-rate

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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How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

She is the current Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and an Illinois State E-rate Coordinator. Moreover, Mindy serves on several state and national associations such as the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA). From facilitating E-rate workshops, I gained more knowledge about the program. Meet Melinda (“Mindy”) Fiscus.

Experts: Complete the E-rate application well before May filing deadline

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® As the E-rate Productivity Center enters its second year of operation, E-rate program consultants urge applicants to plan for technical glitches and aim to file paperwork early in order to receive E-rate funding letters in a timely manner. More… Uncategorized broadband networks data networks E-Rate E-Rate program funding sources

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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Filing for E-Rate? Check This List of Eligible Services First

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff The E-Rate application process can be daunting, but this list shows school districts exactly which services and products that are eligible for discounts. Big Data Business Intelligence Funding Leadership Management Mobility

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Funds For Learning Urges Public Commentary in 2018 E-rate Survey


To inform the Federal Communications Commission in evaluating and refreshing the vitality of the $4 billion program, Funds For Learning announces its eighth annual E-rate Applicant Survey. Now is the time to invest back into the E-rate program just as it is impacting our communities.

The History of the Future of E-rate

Hack Education

Wheeler had been a “champion” of net neutrality and E-rate reform, according to Education Week at least, but his replacement, Trump appointee Ajit Pai, seems poised to lead the agency with a very different set of priorities – and those priorities will likely shape in turn what happens to ed-tech under Trump. What can E-rate tell us about the relationship between politics and ed-tech? A History of E-rate Legislation.

How E-rate Has Made High-Speed Connectivity Possible in Public Schools

Education Superhighway

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program with the objective of closing the K-12 digital divide within five years. The impact of E-rate modernization is most evident in the acceleration of the pace of upgrades in K-12 broadband networks.

Security, Cybersecurity Lead K-12 Purchasing Categories

Marketplace K-12

The fastest growth in procurement solicitations in the third quarter of 2016 was for "public safety" equipment and services, while cybersecurity gets E-rate funding. Marketplace K-12 Data Privacy districts E-rate RFPs

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3 tips for jumpstarting your district’s connectivity discussion

eSchool News

This year’s E-rate cycle may be over, but in order to be well prepared for the next one, now is the time to start the connectivity conversation with your school district.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

“We think there’s a big problem, and we need good data around it,” says CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. E-Rate Center E-Rate News ACT best broadband classroom Congress connectivity digital digital learning ed-tech Education graduation help internet internet access learning

3G, 4G, 5G: What the Ever-Evolving Wireless Networks Mean for K-12 Education


Ninety-two percent of school districts currently meet the FCC’s E-Rate Modernization Order of providing 100 Mbps (megabits per second) per 1,000 students for all of their schools, according to the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) 2018-2019 Annual Infrastructure Report.

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How does your district’s broadband stack up?

eSchool News

Compare & Connect K-12, which launched in beta in early 2016 and is now fully launched and available, displays public E-rate application data and lets users explore bandwidth speeds and compare broadband prices with school districts in a specific region or in any state across the country.

Do School Districts Need Their Own Data Centers Anymore?

Educational Technology Guy

Do school districts need their own data centers anymore? My school district has a multi-million dollar data center to support 41 buildings, 21,000 students and over 4,000 faculty and staff. Above is just two of the 10 racks in the data center. data internet technology

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

Marketplace K-12

The offer, announced by Sprint and its foundation, also includes 3 gigabytes per month of high-speed LTE data, and then unlimited data at 2 GB speed after that. Marketplace K-12 broadband businesses connected connectivity E-rateTelecommunications giant Sprint unveiled plans this week to bring devices and wireless connectivity to 1 million impoverished high school students, in what it describes as an ambitious campaign to close the “homework gap.”.

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

After winning the battle to expand the federal E-rate program , education leaders are beginning to look beyond the struggle of connecting all schools to high quality Internet, and toward the next challenge of connecting all students while outside of school. The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, issued a plan of action this week that aims to prod district leaders to at least gather data on personal student broadband access. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

EdTech Magazine

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. But while so much rides on digital tools, not all school districts are taking care to ensure their data centers are capable. Schools should assess where the gaps in their infrastructure lie and research by consulting industry experts to find solutions , not try to come up with in-house ‘innovations’ that can be out of line with real industry trends,” advises Medhi Paryavi, chairman of the International Data Center Authority (IDCA).

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

Education Superhighway

Increasingly, users of digital platforms, tools, and networks around the world are learning how important it is that their data is collected and used transparently and ethically. Why is it that data is collected? Where exactly does the data come from? Data Collection.

Why we ask for your school district’s connectivity data

Education Superhighway

However, transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate. “Transparent data is only powerful if it is accurate.” Here’s our approach to achieving the data transparency we strive for: Data Collection. DATA FUELS ALL THAT WE DO .

The Power of Transparency: Broadband pricing data helps Virginia school districts get more bandwidth

Education Superhighway

This spring, EducationSuperHighway partnered with a consortium of 15 central Virginia school districts to collect pricing and bandwidth data and provide our first Broadband Data Forum.

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. However, transparent data is most powerful when it’s accurate. ENSURING NATIONWIDE DATA ACCURACY. Our approach to achieving data accuracy: Data Col lection. DATA FUELS ALL THAT WE DO .

Are School Districts Starting to Understand the Scope of Security Threats?


School districts, like every organization and person in the world, are concerned with keeping data private and secure,” Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, tells EdSurge. “It’s The recent data breach at San Diego Unified School District, which is estimated to have affected 500,000 current and former students, is one such example. In the survey, school district representatives also answered questions about E-rate, broadband connectivity, cloud computing and data interoperability.

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A new tool will help track internet equity

eSchool News

The tool, called Connect K-12, will provide actionable internet speed and pricing information on K-12 broadband connectivity across America using publicly available data from the federal E-rate program.