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E-rate 2.0 - Top 10 E-rate Modernization Changes

September 17, 2014

The FCC launched a new E-rate 2.0 program July 2014 to provide funds to accelerate the transformation of education in the United States. These funds are available for eligible public school districts and independent private / charter schools who meet the defined criteria. The FCC has funded $1B/year for 2015 and 2016 with the intent and plan to continue this level of funding for the next 5+ years.

 

E-rate Modernization is critical to the success of our K-12 schools. The extensive E-rate changes are postive for schools and providers. Along with increased funding,  E-rate 2.0 will make technology in the classroom more accessible to children.

 

TOP 10 - E-rate Modernizations Changes:

 

# 1 - Primary Focus is now providing affordable High Speed Broadband in Schools and Libraries.

 

# 2 - Heavy Emphasis on Wireless / Wi-Fi services for schools to support one-to-one initiatives.

 

# 3 - Streamlining the Application and Awarding Process to better align with school budgets.

 

# 4 - Increased Contributions for Category Two Services ($1 Billion Target).

 

# 5 - Introduction of Managed Wi-Fi for Wireless Infrastructure to better align with one-to-one initiatives and the needs of our schools.

 

# 6 - Phasing down and eventual elimination of legacy services to better focus on internet and wireless technologies.

 

# 7 - Streamlining the application process for multi-year contracts to better align with technology lifecycle requirements.

 

# 8 - Elimination of the Technology Plan Requirements.

 

# 9 - Easing of Contract Requirements to improve flexibility.

 

# 10 - Adoption of District-wide Rate Calculations will simplify the application process and provide more balance in funding to districts in need.

 

For a full summary of changes check out the FCC"s Modernizing E-Rate page.

 

ETS provides schools in the Chicago area and suburbs with Technology Services vital to today's connected K-12 schools. Whether your interest is Wireless Infrastructure, Network & Systems Infrastructure, or Basic Maintainance, ETS is your one-stop shop for all your E-rate and technology needs.

 




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