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If you aren't receiving E-Rate now, what are you waiting for?

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:10 PM
There isn't a school anywhere in California (or likely the entire nation for that matter) that doesn't struggle with keep up with the ever-changing field of technology.  E-Rate has been the only reliable source of funding for our technology needs other than our general fund....and we all know how that goes when things are tight.  

If you aren't currently receiving E-Rate at your school/charter/district, the time is now to act.  The biggest obstacle in your way is making sure you have a current technology plan.  They can take some time to develop but the good news is that if you just don't have the time or expertise; you can hire someone to write it for you.  

Our students deserve and require cutting edge technology in order to compete in our society.  As educators, we have to do everything in our power to secure their access to the most current technological advances.  That means money. 

So, what are you waiting for? 

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How the E-Rate Overhaul Will Work

The Federal Communications Commission approved in December a series of sweeping changes to the E-rate, the second time in less than six months the agency adopted policies designed to modernize the 18-year-old program. The changes made last month to the program will:

• Boost its total funding cap to $3.9 billion a year, from $2.4 billion, with annual adjustments for inflation;

• Create new opportunities for schools and libraries to secure E-rate funding to use “dark fiber,” cable currently not being used by anyone—a step the FCC believes will help small and rural districts;

• Allow schools and libraries to apply for E-rate aid to build their own high-speed broadband networks, or portions of such networks, when that is the most cost-effective option;

• Require that all telecommunications companies that receive subsidies through a specific federal “high cost” program offer high-speed broadband to schools and libraries in those communities at “rates reasonably comparable” to the prices offered in urban communities; and

• Offer incentives for state support of various broadband projects through a match of E-rate funds of up to 10 percent of the cost of construction, with a special focus for tribal libraries and schools.

SOURCE: Federal Communications Commission


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To get started on receiving this funding:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/et/ft/


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