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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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On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of Erate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed.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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On Altering the Public Record on E-Rate

Doug Levin

Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program’s Success.” 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. Levin, a consultant with EdTech Strategies and the former head of the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

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How is the E-rate impacting learning?

eSchool News

In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago. During this period, E-rate adapted by broadening the range of eligible services to include mobile phones, pagers, voicemail, email, school websites and basic collaboration tools. It became clear that E-rate was in need of a refresh.

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

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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).

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. As the Federal Communications Commission considers recommended changes to the E-rate program, Eric Chambers of the Northwest Council for Computer Education says that one potential change may be increased funding for small districts.

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Digital Promise Supports E-rate Modernization

Digital Promise

billion for the federal E-rate program that connects schools and libraries around the country. Digital Promise applauds the Federal Communications Commission's vote today to increase the funding cap by $1.5 Demand for these services far exceeds previous funding levels and approving this increase – which amounts to an additional $2 per year on Americans' phone bills – will help thousands of schools improve the opportunity to learn for students.

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SETDA and CoSN commend the FCC’s Emergency E-rate Filing Window

SETDA Says

SETDA and CoSN commend the Wireline Bureau for opening an emergency E-rate filing window to help schools address their higher than expected on campus bandwidth demands. E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News Policy StatementThe Bureau’s decision will help schools support their students during a very challenging period and we appreciate the agency’s swift recognition of this on campus digital learning need. […].

This E-rate trick can help schools combat net neutrality

eSchool News

With concerns about school internet access buzzing in the wake of the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality, anxiety over school internet access might transfer to the federal E-rate program–but there’s no need to worry, according to E-rate experts. Schools should build that concern directly into their E-rate requests for proposals. Next page: Language in E-rate RFPs can help combat net neutrality’s impact.

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

E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop. Access Points Classroom Digital Content Funding Management Networking Personalized Learning

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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

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. Investment in these areas and a strategy for obtaining E-Rate discounts should be part of every district’s five- or ten-year technology plan, so that schools can continue to have reliable service that accommodates changing needs.

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.

4 Tips for Successful E-rate Planning

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff By creating a plan, K–12 IT administrators can make the most of the federal funds. Access Points Funding Management Networking Wi-Fi

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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. The FY2019 application filing window for the E-rate Program doesn’t open until January, but schools and libraries must ensure their data in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) is current.

E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects

EdTech Magazine

ERate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects. Recent updates to E-rate, which put more focus on funding high-speed internet and network protection tools , have helped K–12 schools reallocate resources to improve other focus areas. . When E-rate 2.0 MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out everything you need to know about E-rate. E-Rate Opens Local Resources for Other K–12 Projects.

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TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process

EdTech Magazine

TCEA 2019: 5 Ways to Improve Your E-Rate Process. As the Federal Communications Commission weighs potential changes to the E-rate program, consultant Deborah Sovereign shared some of her predictions about its likely course of action at the Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition in San Antonio on Tuesday. . Sovereign and Martinez presented several best practices that can guide districts to E-rate success.

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The State Of E-Rate

techlearning

An excerpt from COSN’s K12 Cybersecurity cost report, released in September, argues that E-rate funds should not only make the Internet accessible to all students, but also make it safe

Innovative district expands access like never before using E-rate

eSchool News

The FCC’s historic E-rate modernization in 2014 paved the way for districts to expand their high-speed broadband and wi-fi and increase digital learning opportunities for students. Working with Funds for Learning regarding E-rate processes, Dickerson and her team have updated the district’s phone system, implemented a student information system, improved financial payroll processes, and incorporated tools and resources that empower teaching and learning.

Charter School Company to Pay $4.5 Million Over Alleged Unfair Bidding in E-Rate Program

Marketplace K-12

An Illinois charter school management company recently resolved allegations that it rigged bidding processes for E-Rate contracts it awarded for hot spots and internet connectivity. Million Over Alleged Unfair Bidding in E-Rate Program appeared first on Market Brief.

Feds Change E-Rate Rules

techlearning

On Monday, December 3, the FCC issued a Report and Order making significant changes to E-rate rules for Category 2* funding applications. The order adopts a long-awaited permanent Category 2 budget system for all applicants, and establishes streamlined rules which will take effect starting in FY2021

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 gives schools access to necessary technology they otherwise may not be able to afford. In fact, 87 percent of E-rate applicants report that this funding is vital to meeting their connectivity goals.

E-Rate Funding Will Continue During Government Shutdown

EdTech Magazine

E-Rate Funding Will Continue During Government Shutdown. The E-rate program will continue to run as scheduled regardless of whether parts or all of the Federal Communications Commission are shut down, Funds For Learning reports. . On January 3rd, the FCC suspended operations as part of a partial government shutdown , however officials say schools applying for E-rate funds should continue to follow the application process.

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

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Making a Plan for E-Rate Funding

EdTech Magazine

By David Hutchins Technology creates increasing demands on networks, so districts should plan now for E-Rate help for the coming year. Compliance Funding Leadership Management

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.

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.

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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How Do You E-Rate?

EdTech Magazine

By David Andrade With the application deadline looming, we take a look at the program and changes that could be confusing to some districts. Funding Management

How to Maximize Your District's E-Rate Spending

EdTech Magazine

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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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.

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.

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding

EdTech Magazine

School Districts Take Advantage of E-Rate’s Category One Funding. Once its existing WAN ­provider wanted to charge significantly more for the same bandwidth speed, Midlothian Independent School District administrators began shopping for a faster, more affordable network — and they got one this ­summer with the help of E-rate fund s. E-rate paid for half the construction, the state paid another 10 percent and the district paid the balance.

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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.