CoSN2021: What Your School District Must Understand About E-Rate

EdTech Magazine

With the federal E-rate program, K–12 schools can offset the costs of network upgrades and related technology and service purchases, allowing them to modernize learning environments.

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).

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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.” 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. 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.

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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. While the focus on communication has remained, technology has changed radically throughout the past two decades. 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.

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?

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.

4 questions to ask about E-rate funding

eSchool News

Today’s K-12 schools are facing a complex web of needs, technologies, and regulations. 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.

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.

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 Technology Services Coordinator Jim Branton. “We MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out everything you need to know about E-rate.

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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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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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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 a former school superintendent, and as the current head of the School Superintendents Association (AASA), I know firsthand that staying ahead of the curve when it comes to high technology isn’t easy. As the roles of connectivity and technology within our schools continue to evolve, modernizing the E-rate program is a huge priority for us.

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

Marketplace K-12

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.,

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.

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. 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

Education Superhighway

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.

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. 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.

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

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

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?

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

eSchool News

As the world undergoes a digital transformation—with connectivity and access to computers and mobile devices playing an increasingly prominent role in everyone’s lives—elementary schools know they need to incorporate technology in the educational process to prepare their students for future success. Next page: How schools are currently using E-Rate for digital success). e-rate Featured on eSchool News How-to IT Management IT Newsletter

How a State E-rate Coordinator Drives Digital Access

Education Superhighway

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). She has worked in educational technology for nearly two decades, empowering educators to integrate digital learning in the classroom.

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.

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

Marketplace K-12

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.

K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available

EdTech Magazine

K–12 E-Rate Requests Slow Even As Money Is Available. While E-rate offers $3.9 Unused funds are rolled over into the next year, so there is plenty of money available for districts that need it , says Brian Stephens, the E-rate consulting firm’s senior compliance analyst. . The decline in applications is due to funding caps for Category Two equipment and phase-out of support for voice services, plus the perception that E-rate is complex, Stephens says.

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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.

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.

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.

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. If E-Rate filing is done optimally, it's a year-long endeavor. Under the revised E-Rate program, records must be kept for 10 years – double the previous program's requirement of just five years.

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. 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).