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.

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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.

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

6 ways the E-rate supports digital and mobile learning

eSchool News

The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. The 2014 E-rate update will expire in 2020, and stakeholders are urged to advocate for the program in order to ensure it can continue to serve schools and libraries and help close connectivity gaps. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

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

techlearning

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. [

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

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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. April 25, 2018) – The Modernization Order that expanded federal E-rate funding to include broadband and internet services will expire in 2020. Now is the time to invest back into the E-rate program just as it is impacting our communities.

Report: Schools expect faster internet within 3 years

eSchool News

Seventy-two percent of E-rate applicants participating in a recent survey said wi-fi is critical to fulfilling their organization’s mission. Twenty years after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created E-rate funding, significant measures are underway to update the program that has become vital to schools and libraries across the United States. e-rate News ACT Funding funds Funds For Learning future help internet learning libraries schools states trends wi-fi

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

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education. Augmented data analysis, blended digital tools and connected networks will reign among technology innovations in the coming year, according to IT analyst group Gartner’s top 10 tech trends of 2019. . The top ten digital technology trends are all about building the intelligent digital mesh,” says David W. Gartner’s List of Top Tech Trends for 2019: 1. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:21.

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3G, 4G, 5G: What the Ever-Evolving Wireless Networks Mean for K-12 Education

Kajeet

Ninety-two percent of school districts currently meet the FCC’s E-Rate Modernization Order of providing 100 Mbps (megabits per second) per 1,000 students for all of their schools, according to the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) 2018-2019 Annual Infrastructure Report. Mobile Broadband Data and Trends

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Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

techlearning

In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Applicant survey results reveal that schools and libraries remain reliant on E-rate funding to provide and sustain broadband connectivity. What’s New: New Tools for Schools ] Key 2018 survey findings include: E-rate is fulfilling its mission.

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet

techlearning

In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Applicant survey results reveal that schools and libraries remain reliant on E-rate funding to provide and sustain broadband connectivity. Key provisions of the 2014 E-rate Modernization Order that expanded federal support for broadband internet connections will expire in 2020.

Top 5 IT and technology trends for 2016

eSchool News

Here are five key trends that CTOs will be watching and reacting to in 2016: The modernized E-rate program. Since it was established 18 years ago, the E-rate program has focused on connecting schools and libraries to the internet. Krueger, CEO at CoSN – the Consortium for School Networking , said the fact that the modernized E-rate hones in on broadband and more robust networks is a net positive for K-12 IT departments and their CTOs.

Students’ Lack of Home Internet Access Becomes Priority for District Tech Leaders

Marketplace K-12

After winning the battle to expand the federal E-rate program , education leaders are beginning to look beyond the struggle of connecting all schools to high quality Internet, and toward the next challenge of connecting all students while outside of school. See also: E-Rate Undergoing Major Policy, Budget Upgrades. Marketplace K-12 blended learning connectivity E-rate homework internet accessBy guest blogger Leo Doran.

6 things to know about school internet needs

eSchool News

The ninth annual E-Rate Trends Report from Funds For Learning shows that the federal E-rate program is still critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries. The 2014 E-rate update will expire in 2020, and stakeholders are urged to advocate for the program in order to ensure it can continue to serve schools and libraries. Related content: 5 school and library applicants weigh in on E-rate.

Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. Casey noted some long-term persistent trends, such as campus IT seeing technology as an underutilized aid for instruction, and not feeling satisfied about institutional promotion of technology for faculty. Possiblye the FCC will extend E-rate funding to poorer areas. Future Trends ForumWe explored campus technology and faculty attitudes towards digital materials.

Lessons from Digital Learning Day

Educator Innovator

The next DLD isn’t until next year, but thanks to social media it’s easy to look back at all the amazing ways kids engaged with digital learning at this year’s event. ( #DLDay even trended on Twitter!). In 2008, the high school graduation rate at Winterboro High School was 63 percent. Although there are many other factors that could have improved that graduation rate, the engagement that technology can foster—if done well—likely had an impact. So it should be with E-Rate.

A new tool will help track internet equity

eSchool News

The tool, called Connect K-12, will provide actionable internet speed and pricing information on K-12 broadband connectivity across America using publicly available data from the federal E-rate program. The tool also will report national and state connectivity trends to ensure that the E-rate program continues to effectively support school broadband access.

5 ways connected school buses are on the rise

eSchool News

As internet connectivity becomes a necessity for schools and students, there is a new call for the government to make school bus wi-fi eligible for federal E-rate funding. The trend is growing. Udall is calling “on the Commission to use its existing authority to allow E-rate to support school bus wi-fi service in a manner that is both technically feasible and economically reasonable.”

6 realities about district broadband connectivity

eSchool News

School wi-fi and broadband connectivity are showing improvement, due largely to an increased investment from the federal E-rate program’s modernization, according to a new report from CoSN. One trend is clear: Learning is going digital. These strides demonstrate the impact of the E-Rate modernization, as well as state investments in rural broadband.

?34.9 Million US Students—Up 10.4 Million since 2015—Now Connected Online

Edsurge

E-Rate , an FCC program that provides funding to help schools and libraries build fiber infrastructure and expand their wi-fi and broadband networks. With more E-Rate data comes a more detailed picture for the state of internet connectivity. As more fiber networks have been established—largely due to subsidies provided by E-Rate and work by state leaders—more schools have also been able to get the wi-fi they need.

June / July 2018

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FOLLOW THE MONEY: FUNDING INNOVATION This special funding section includes details on what schools are buying, e-rate updates, making the most of your budget, and tips for passing school bond initiatives. PRODUCTS PROJECTPALS REVIEW BEST OF INFOCOMM WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS NEW CARTS FOR K-12 DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS TRENDING ?

The 5 reasons schools don’t have better internet connectivity

eSchool News

The results also detail the impact of changes to the E-rate program, as well as the growing issue of digital equity for technology access outside of the classroom. Despite these affordability challenges, there are some positive trends. Other major school connectivity challenges reported by school leaders regarding network speed and capacity, competition, E-rate changes, and digital equity include: 2. Impact of E-rate Changes.

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

Education Superhighway

One of the biggest trends in education today is personalized learning where students have some control over how they learn. E-rate modernization has not only helped schools boost their connectivity, but more than 10,000 districts were able to invest in Wi-Fi networks in the past four years. This is thanks to the Category 2 funding available via E-rate as mentioned in our newly released report, Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day.

TCEA 2018: Tech Upgrades Begin with Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

With the help of a local bond and E-rate funding , the Texas public school district serving more than 67,000 students and covering portions of Houston and Harris County, embarked on an ambitious three-year technology plan to put devices into the hands of every student, teacher and administrator. Check out how E-rate funding can help you innovate education. EdTech will feature articles on breakout sessions and the latest trends from TCEA 2018.

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Bids to bring fiber internet to schools are denied funding seven times more often than other projects

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Since 2014, a primary goal of the E-rate program has been to ensure affordable access to high-speed broadband in the nation’s schools. A typical E-rate project gets denied at a 4 percent rate,” Marwell said.

K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring

EdTech Magazine

Those trends also include questions about how increased monitoring affects student privacy. . The Children’s Internet Protection Act is a Federal Communications Commission regulation that ties E-rate discounts for internet access to schools and libraries meeting certain criteria such as monitoring safety and security, including email and chats. K–12 Leaders Weigh Threats and Benefits of Increased Web Monitoring. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:55.

eSchool News launches Digital & Mobile Learning Guide

eSchool News

eSchool News Guides are full of resources, tips, trends, and insights from industry experts on a variety of topics that are essential to the classroom, school, and district. We are excited to bring you the latest in the eSchool News Guides series.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. The organization lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to allow districts to get or improve their Wi-Fi with money from a program called E-rate.

How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes

EdTech Magazine

Schools should assess where the gaps in their infrastructure lie and research by consulting industry experts to find solutions , not try to come up with in-house ‘innovations’ that can be out of line with real industry trends,” advises Medhi Paryavi, chairman of the International Data Center Authority (IDCA). Technology is in constant flux and data centers must evolve at the same rate. How to Avoid Making Data Center Mistakes. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:12.

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Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed

The Hechinger Report

One of the great motivating factors in this trend is leaders at the federal and state level making school connectivity a priority. The FCC [Federal Communications Commission] modernized the E-rate program in 2014, paving the way for governors and other state leaders to step up to take meaningful action to upgrade schools. Do you think schools are using the new transparency provided by E-rate to negotiate better deals?

Growing Number of Poor Americans are Phone Only Internet Users – What does that Mean for Education?

Indiana Jen

If this trend continues, we should assume that a large portion of our nation’s children will have limited access to broadband and computers and will use a smart device for their internet access. The e-rate program, which help to subsidize high speed internet in both urban and rural areas, has had a dramatic impact on bringing broad-band access to low-income as well as rural areas.

Network Essentials for Superintendents: Planning for the future

Education Superhighway

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted connectivity goals as part of its modernization of the E-rate program in 2014 with the intention of improving broadband access for K-12 learning and school operations. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend puts new requirements onto networks. Based on how many users and how many devices you have today, and how those numbers may change over the next 5 years, your bandwidth growth rate may vary.