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On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rescinded a report issued two weeks earlier that examined the progress of Erate since the modernization orders of 2014 were passed.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.” It’s common for a federal agency to switch policy directions after a change in leadership, especially following a presidential election, said Douglas A. Blog News Policy Ajit Pai E-rate FCCAs quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Education Week. 8 February 2017.

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Eyeing Major Shake-Up, FCC Weighs Revamping E-Rate Competitive Bids

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The post Eyeing Major Shake-Up, FCC Weighs Revamping E-Rate Competitive Bids appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 E-rate Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Federal / State Policy Internet Internet Connectivity Online / Virtual Learning Procurement / Purchasing / RFPs

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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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.

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

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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. […].

IBM to Pay $24 Million Settlement After Federal Investigations Allege It Broke E-Rate Rules

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The post IBM to Pay $24 Million Settlement After Federal Investigations Allege It Broke E-Rate Rules appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 E-rate FCC Federal / State Policy

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. Based on a monthly or annual subscription model, My E-rate Guides? is a professional service providing E-rate applicants with access to expert information. News E-rate Ed Tech Ticker Funding Policy

Why E-rate expansion is a must for our schools

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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. It’s significant and represents strong, sound policy.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

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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.

Broaden the E-Rate Program to Help Students Connect at Home, Says Advocacy Group

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The post Broaden the E-Rate Program to Help Students Connect at Home, Says Advocacy Group appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Coronavirus Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Federal / State Policy Funding / Budgets Mobile Devices Online / Virtual Learning Research/Evaluation

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?

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.,

E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services

Education Superhighway

One of the most important features of E-rate is that it set an annual target of $1 billion annually to help schools upgrade their internal networks and implement Wi-Fi in every classroom. That amounts to $150 in E-rate Category 2 funding per student, to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. E-rate Category Two covers three service types: Internal Connections. The post E-rate Category 2 Eligible Services appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

E-rate Amortization Cap Suspension Update

Education Superhighway

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. Policy

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

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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. Congress needs to hear our voices, and while people inside the Beltway are important, it's the people back home who vote.

EducationSuperHighway and E-rate Consultants: How We Collaborate

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In our work with state and school district leaders, one of the questions that comes up most frequently is whether we are E-rate consultants. Since E-rate is the primary funding source for broadband Internet for schools nationwide, our mission to connect all of America’s classrooms is intertwined with the program in many ways. However, while we collaborate with E-rate consultants frequently, we actually support school districts in different ways. Policy

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

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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. Education Technology School Infrastructure Policy

$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. Policy

Narrowing the Gap in Home Connectivity

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By Charles Sosnik E-rate may still be the answer if Congress and the FCC can work together In the Learning Counsel’s National Survey, schools and districts from across America are weighing in on key issues related to teaching and learning.

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

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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. We have connected significantly more schools to the broadband they need for digital learning than was expected prior to E-rate modernization. Why has E-rate modernization worked so well?

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

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The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. 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. [ Funding News Policy Ed Tech Ticker

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

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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.

EducationSuperHighway and E-rate Consultants: How We Collaborate

Education Superhighway

In our work with state and school district leaders, one of the questions that comes up most frequently is whether we are E-rate consultants. Since E-rate is the primary funding source for broadband Internet for schools nationwide, our mission to connect all of America’s classrooms is intertwined with the program in many ways. However, while we collaborate with E-rate consultants frequently, we actually support school districts in different ways. Policy

Net neutrality repeal widens opportunity gap for students

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In December, the FCC repealed net neutrality–a policy that allows equitable access to content on the internet–in a 3-2 vote along party lines. E-Rate E-Rate Center E-Rate News eClassroom News IT Newsletter McClatchy Opinion

Ajit Pai, Opponent of Net Neutrality and E-Rate Policies, Named FCC Chair

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Appointed to the Federal Communications Commission by former President Obama, Ajit Pai is a Republican who voted against E-rate changes and net neutrality before being tapped as FCC chairman. The post Ajit Pai, Opponent of Net Neutrality and E-Rate Policies, Named FCC Chair appeared first on Market Brief.

E-rate Filing Window Is Now Open: 3 Resources to Get Started

Education Superhighway

Here we outline three essential resources to help you successfully navigate the E-rate process and avoid common pitfalls. As well as outlining some of the best practices we’ve seen amongst E-rate applicants, we provide advice on how you can secure funding and take advantage of E-rate and State Match to support your upgrades. The post E-rate Filing Window Is Now Open: 3 Resources to Get Started appeared first on EducationSuperHighway.

Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. Its past due time to revisit the E-rate discount formula, which is the mechanism that allocates funds to schools. Blog Broadband Equity E-rate FCC Rural schools

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

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The groups also point out that the study, which the Every Student Succeeds Act mandated be sent to Congress by June 2017, “will help policy makers identify the best ways to ensure all students can connect with broadband services and be on a path for success after graduation.” E-Rate Center E-Rate News ACT best broadband classroom Congress connectivity digital digital learning ed-tech Education graduation help internet internet access learning

Defend, but Closely Scrutinize, Test Policies, Fed Official Urges State and Local Leaders

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Assessment Common Core E-rate Ed-tech Online Learning ltlf assessment testing Deborah S. Delisle, a top official at the U.S. Department of Education, said amid a growing anti-testing backlash, state and local officials need to evaluate how their assessments are used.

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

SETDA Opposes FCC’s Universal Service Funds CAP

SETDA Says

SETDA opposes the FCC’s proposal to sweep the E-rate and other Universal Service Fund programs under a single budgetary cap and “prioritize” them. E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News PolicyThe USF is a vital tool for state leaders working to connect students to high capacity broadband at school and at home and this proposal threatens the system’s success. SETDA’s Executive Director, […].

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

SETDA Strongly Opposes Chairman Pai’s EBS Report and Order

SETDA Says

E-Rate ED Equity of Access FCC In the News PolicySETDA strongly opposes Chairman Pai’s draft Educational Broadband Service Report & Order, which proposes to further marginalize rural students that lack access to high capacity broadband. SETDA Executive Director, Candice Dodson said, “the Chairman’s proposal cites dated uses of EBS licenses and the FCC’s two-decade failure to grant new licenses as the basis for handing […].

Senate Democrats Revive Calls for FCC to Expand E-Rate Coverage

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The post Senate Democrats Revive Calls for FCC to Expand E-Rate Coverage appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Coronavirus Federal / State Policy Funding / Budgets Online / Virtual Learning

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. The 2010 request would continue the policy of permitting States to use up to 100 percent of their allocations for competitive grants to local educational agencies. The Effectiveness of Educational Technology: Issues and Recommendations for the National Study (Mathematica Policy Research, 2003).

Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

SETDA Says

Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. read more.

Net Neutrality Update

SETDA Says

E-Rate FCC Legislation Policy FCC Chairman Wheeler yesterday proposed new rules for net neutrality that, if approved, will reclassify the Internet as a telecommunication service. This will allow. read more.

Revised EETT included in Obama Administration Budget Request

SETDA Says

E-Rate ED EETT FCC Legislation Policy On February 2, the Obama Administration’s 2016 education budget request included $200M for a revised version of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant. read more.

SETDA in 2014: Year in Review

SETDA Says

ConnectED Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access FCC In the News OER Policy Professional Learning As the calendar year draws to a close and we take time to celebrate family and the holiday season, all of us at SETDA. read more.

State Leaders Advocate for Connectivity at School and at Home

SETDA Says

During last week’s Washington Policy Summit, co-hosted by SETDA and CoSN, educators visited policymakers focused on advocating for equity in education as related to. Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access FCC Lifelineread more.