What You Need to Know About E-rate

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

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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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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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A new tool will help track internet equity

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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. Related content: 3 findings about digital and mobile learning.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

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Still, huge gaps exist in educational outcomes, high school graduation rates, college readiness and workforce advancements based on race, class, and geography. Access: Not all learners have daily—let alone anytime, anywhere—access to high-speed internet and a mobile device for learning.

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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What the FCC Should Do Now to Support America and Our Learners


When Americans see crisis we mobilize. We are thankful for those who broadcast the news and the broadband providers that have opened their networks, lifted data caps and fees, and promised not to discontinue service. We have a sound statutory basis to do so through the E-Rate program.

Is a Backpack the Key to Closing the Homework Gap?

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Kajeet ’s ConnectEdNow campaign , announced in June, aims to make broadband access more affordable by providing students with portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices, a $200 mobile device subsidy and discounted data plans from Verizon , T-Mobile and other LTE providers.

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools


We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].” In order to allow districts to compare their options, EducationSuperHighway first needed to gather the data school leaders wanted. They turned to E-rate, the $3.9 But all of that data was kept private.

How the latest ed-tech developments will impact teaching and learning

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In this week’s news: 7 things you need to know now about E-rate changes. A bigger annual cap isn’t the only recent change to the E-rate program. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week.

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. The funds will go toward purchasing MiFi devices, which provide mobile broadband access, so that 15 percent can connect at home for free. When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic.

Texas district upgrades fiber optic network

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The network is funded in part by the E-Rate program and is designed in accordance with the Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND) Initiative through the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). New 100G high-capacity network will support 128,000 students and staff across Houston.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All


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.

Edtech in Rural Education


Furthermore, Hanson noted that high quality edtech helps students, teachers, and administrators by making it easier to use student data to differentiate learning. Piedmont students that lived outside the city limits were given access to mobile wi-fi hotspots for $15-$40 a month.

Executive Briefs


Highlights from Tech&Learning’s Leadership Letter THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING STUDENT DATA Every school district employee shares responsibility for protecting student data, but a leadership champion is needed to build and sustain a data privacy program.

Montana Tech Director Uses Compare & Connect K-12 To Get More Bandwidth For District

Education Superhighway

We were starting to [exceed] our bandwidth capacity… With our goals as a district to move towards mobile technology and online curriculum, we needed to begin focusing on [increasing bandwidth].”. As a result, he came across EducationSuperHighway and the Beta version of Compare & Connect K-12 , our online tool that leverages public E-rate data to provide transparency around school broadband speeds and pricing.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

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Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. Possiblye the FCC will extend E-rate funding to poorer areas.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

Finally, somewhat for the sake of brevity, I have excluded consideration of the role of the E-rate (which is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and not the U.S. National Educational Technology Trends Study: Local-Level Data Summary (SRI International, 2008).



According to the most recent figures from Funds for Learning, E-Rate applicants nationwide requested almost $748 million in discounts against the purchase of just over $1 billion in Category Two products and services, which are detailed in this chart (right). WHO IS IN THE MONEY?

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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The Corcoran superintendent, Rich Merlo, credits the off-campus broadband with fueling an ed-tech transformation that’s coincided with a drop in suspensions, fewer failed classes, better standardized test scores and higher graduation rates. “We

Digital Equity: 5 Steps to Addressing the Homework Gap

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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. Grundy Center Community Schools in Iowa is a great example of a district that has visualized its data around home infrastructure and access. Step 4: Seek mobile-hot-spot programs. Nearly 5 percent of school districts report they're implementing a mobile-hot-spot-loaner program.

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


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).” Contribute data: Visit [link] on your school network and click “Test Sites” to contribute data to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University’s real-time, international record of Internet blockages.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach. Tagged on: March 10, 2017 The Scary Thing You Don’t Know About 'Free' Scholarship Searches | Money → Dozens of companies are using the lure of scholarships to gather a wealth of valuable personal data from unsophisticated high school students. Without ethical practices, student data could be used to curtail academic success rather than help ensure it."

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Education Week : “ E-Rate , Other Universal-Service Funds to Be Transferred to U.S. ” Via Gamasutra : “Parents take Subway Surfers devs to court over alleged misuse of kids’ data.” ” A master of science in data journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. The Wall Street Journal predicts “The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice.”

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” “With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs,” says The New York Times , in a story that explores a $170 million deal between Nike and the University of Michigan. “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.” Education Politics.


Education's Online Futures

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Students want to be able to enroll quickly, it found; they want access to financial aid and other services immediately; they want to know if their credits will transfer; they want to be able to access course and school information via their mobile phone. I explored what can happen to student data under these circumstances in the previous article in this series ; I will turn to what can happen to faculty data and academic freedom in the next one.