E-rate support during COVID-19

Education Superhighway

We understand that now, more than ever, technology and connectivity guidance is critical. While many school district leaders must focus on at-home connectivity and distance education in the short term, long-term technology planning will also shift to address changes made during this time. Despite the challenges ahead, we are here to provide connectivity and E-rate support during COVID-19. State E-rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA).

On Altering the Public Record on E-Rate

Doug Levin

Under New Leadership, FCC Quashes Report on E-rate Program’s Success.” Education Week. Levin, a consultant with EdTech Strategies and the former head of the State Educational Technology Directors Association. Blog News Policy Ajit Pai E-rate FCCAs quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. 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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Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind. 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.

E-Rate Survival FAQs

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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?

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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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. He advises that districts, regardless of size, create five-year E-rate plans to facilitate both project management and funding. . Ideally, districts are planning out their E-rate requests for a five-year period.

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

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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. This month, we join fellow advocates to commemorate the 20th anniversary of E-rate with the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training. Since 1998, E-rate has made that belief an attainable, affordable goal for school districts. “E-rate is a huge part of our budgeting.

E-rate Terminology for Educators

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One of the barriers to entry for the E-rate program is the difficulty in understanding the technical terminology required to file for data services. Complicating this further is the fact that USAC uses certain terms on their Forms and in their guidance materials that are not commonly used in the Information Technology or Telecommunications industries at large. Form 471 provides options for many antiquated and obsolete technologies.

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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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. When bundling Ethernet service with virtual routers, schools may be able to use Category 1 E-rate benefits to achieve significant savings.*. NFV provides less equipment, more functionality: NFV uses virtualization technology to decouple network devices from the software that powers them.

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. school and library to high-speed internet by helping states and school districts access billions of dollars in the newly modernized federal E-rate program.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Funds For Learning’s (FFL) 2015 survey asked E-rate applicants to give feedback on issues such as technology use, how complex the process is, and anticipated demand for future eligible services. e-rate IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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

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With E-rate reformed, educators must consider new learning-centered questions. E-rate, officially known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was created to provide schools and libraries with an affordable way to obtain telecommunications, internet access and internet-related services. In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago.

Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow E-Rate Funding for School Bus Wi-Fi

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proposes expanding the eligibility of the federal E-Rate program to cover the use of Wi-Fi on buses. The post Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow E-Rate Funding for School Bus Wi-Fi appeared first on Market Brief. A bill introduced by Sens. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.,

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

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Textbooks and blackboards have become a thing of the past in K-12 schools as educators collaborate with IT teams to shape a full digital core curriculum as part of their educational strategy for 2017 and beyond. 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.

Essential Guide to Digital Citizenship for CIPA and E-Rate

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E-rate is complicated. But complying with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) -- a requirement of E-rate -- doesn't have to be. What is E-rate? Who is eligible to receive E-rate support? What is E-rate?

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

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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.

E-rate Amortization Cap Suspension Update

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Prior to the 2014 Modernization Orders that transformed the E-rate program, all up-front, non-recurring costs over $500,000 had to be amortized over the life of the contract including items like construction costs for new fiber-optic circuits. The suspension of the amortization cap rule was set to expire for the coming E-rate Funding Year 2020 until last week’s announcement.

CoSN 2018: What's on the Horizon for E-Rate and Educational Policy

EdTech Magazine

CoSN 2018: What's on the Horizon for E-Rate and Educational Policy. Experts in educational technology policy and programs share what’s hot and what’s next. amy.burroughs_26341. Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:37. Video ID. 1864524013. video type. Conference. CDW VV2 Strategy. CDW Segment. Customer Focused. False. Buying Cycle. Engagement. Pull Quote.

Feds Give E-Rate Applicants New Flexibility to Get Help From Vendors

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Service providers can now offer free Internet and other technologies to schools through Sept. 30, said the FCC, The post Feds Give E-Rate Applicants New Flexibility to Get Help From Vendors appeared first on Market Brief.

E-rate: A Historical Perspective

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Though this year's E-rate Form 470 deadline has passed, the E-rate process and buying season for U.S. They have until May 26 to file their Form 471 purchase requests with the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) Schools and Libraries Division (SLD), which is the entity that administers the E-rate program for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Funds For Learning Introduces ‘My E-rate Guides?’ to Further Support E-rate Applicants

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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. 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. “We My E-rate Guides?

Why the New E-Rate Program is the Key to Your School's Wi-Fi Success

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Mobile and wireless technology have redefined the educational environment. With planning and a little help from E-Rate. E-Rate School Wireless Network K-12 Education With these advances school Wi-Fi has become one of the most important resources inside every school and frankly, everyone needs it for their students and teachers to be successful. However, there’s one major challenge, school wireless networks are expensive.

How the E-rate and grants can help fund your edtech plans

eSchool News

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21st century learning or are left behind. Related content: 4 things to ask about E-rate funding. Accessing the E-Rate and matching state funds. Department of Education does not provide funding for this purpose.

Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

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It’s one of the cruelest ironies in education: today’s schools must build and maintain robust high-speed, fiber-optic internet connections. 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. A quarter of respondents rated the system neither easy nor difficult in the 2017 survey.

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Top 5 Educator Pitfalls in the E-rate Application Process

eSchool News

What You’re in For: E-rate planning season is here! On the heels of the landmark E-rate Modernization Order (aka E-rate 2.0), funding year 2016 is poised to be one of the largest funding years in program history with an estimated funding cap of over four billion dollars. Participants will learn the critical things about E-rate 2016: What is E-rate Modernization Order (aka E-rate 2.0).

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

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Organized by AMERIND Critical Infrastructure Manager Kimball Sekaquaptewa, this fiber build project will ultimately help Native American students in these Pueblos access high-speed broadband and gain essential skills through the power of technology. We saw how increased broadband speeds in our schools can play a transformational role for education and set a new paradigm for Indian education.” The Funding: E-rate opportunities for K-12 schools.

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table

Education Superhighway

As the largest education technology program in the country, the Schools and Libraries program (E-rate) has transformed Internet access in our nation’s schools. In 2014, AASA played a lead role in modernizing the E-rate program, advocating for key changes such as: A policy update to make the program broadband-centric; and. Still, more than $1 billion in E-rate funding is left on the table each year.

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

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It’s no great overstatement to say that the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to rollback net neutrality protections has shaken the education community’s faith in open and equitable internet access for all students. But the tea leaves for E-Rate are pretty positive actually. The FCC’s impact on education isn't limited to net neutrality, however. Since it began in the 1990s, E-Rate has helped bring high-speed internet access to 97 percent of U.S.

E-Rate coordinators risk losing funds for broadband projects

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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.