Funds For Learning Introduces "My E-rate Guides"

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My E-rate Guides? brings monthly online learning events, a community Q&A forum, an on-demand archive and hourly consulting opportunities to applicants as they navigate the federal E-rate funding program. News E-rate Ed Tech Ticker Funding Policy

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. e-rate Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter News

SNAPSHOT OF E-RATE PROGRAM

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Funds For Learning has released its 2016 E-Rate Trends Report. Notable findings include: Techlearning Resources

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.

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On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of Erate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed.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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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. A division of USAC responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the E-rate Program. Where do I go to apply for E-rate? Riverbed Xirrus provides a step-by-step guide to the E-rate funding process at [link] under the Start Here menu. Is my district or facility eligible for E-rate?

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. “We were able to do a lot of this because of E-rate funding,” Dickerson said.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

E-Rate Update: Preparing for the Next E-Rate Season

Leadership Lounge

You thought you were through with the E-Rate filing process because you've submitted your Form 470s, you've verified your service providers’ bid documents against your budget, and you've reconciled your funding requests to your school or library budgets.

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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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.

3 ways a new E-rate funded technology is helping schools save

eSchool News

As schools near completion of their E-Rate filing for this year, one game-changing E-rate technology has the potential to save schools precious time and money. Next page: Another way NFV saves money; E-Rate eligibility information).

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

These schools are leveraging E-Rate for a complete digital transformation

eSchool News

To support these initiatives, the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program has recently been expanded to provide schools nationwide with subsidies for high-speed broadband and gigabit wireless networks. Next page: How schools are currently using E-Rate for digital success).

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.

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

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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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

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.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it.

Count of FY18 E-Rate RFPs show progress.

Leadership Lounge

Count of FY18 E-Rate RFPs show progress. Funds for Learning states that, "There were 26,407 Form 470 competitive bid requests submitted by the FY2018 deadline. This represents a steady pace of participation from FY2017, when taking into consideration the nearly completed phase-out of voice services and the impact of multiyear contracts.". Save the Children releases report on edtech and emergencies.

E-Rate Update: Opportunities and Other Considerations

Leadership Lounge

E-Rate 2.0 One set of Category 2 options available to E-Rate recipients is the traditional broadband delivery services provided by school- or library-owned equipment.

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

FCC official apologizes for recent problems plaguing E-rate

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® A Federal Communications Commission official apologized to education stakeholders about the complexities of E-rate program rules and application procedures. More… Uncategorized broadband infrastructure E-Rate funding sources funds for learning

E-Rate Funds Available to Support Connectivity in Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

By David Hutchins Here’s how to take advantage of money available to your district in the summer. Networking

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E-rate Works: Bringing Broadband to New Mexico Tribal Communities

Education Superhighway

The Funding: E-rate opportunities for K-12 schools. This project would not have been possible without the E-rate program. million will be funded by E-rate.

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

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 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

Funds for Learning Initial Survey Results Show Value of E-Rate

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Changes in leadership in the White House and the FCC have raised questions regarding the promise of the E-Rate program to deliver broadband connections to students in the US.

E-Rate Funding Requests for Schools, Libraries To Be Paid In Full, FCC Says

Marketplace K-12

After reforming the E-rate program, and increasing its budget, the Federal Communications Commission said all eligible applications from schools and libraries will receive funding. E-rate erate fcc federalcommunicationscommission jonwilkins libraries wifi

E-Rate coordinators risk losing funds for broadband projects

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® During the recent State Educational Technology Directors Association leadership summit, state E-Rate coordinators brought concerns about E-Rate funding directly to officials at the Federal Communications Commission. Their contention mostly centered on the state match for E-Rate funds, which was authorized as part of the second E-Rate Modernization Order.

It’s time to ask how E-rate will impact learning outcomes

eSchool News

With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions. In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago.

USAC CEO resigns amid frustrations involving E-rate program

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More… Uncategorized E-Rate program EPC system Universal Service Administrative Compan USACBy 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.

Revamped E-Rate Program Is ‘Custom Built’ for Connectivity

EdTech Magazine

By Heather B. Hayes Experts offer tips on how to maximize funds for robust broadband and wireless networks. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Wide Area Networks Wireless

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