In this webinar, attendees took a look at some of the more recent changes and new guidance from USAC and the FCC, as well as the immediate impact and best practices looking forward. Additionally, attendees examined some of the highlights from the first round of USAC’s annual applicant training sessions. This information will better position you to avoid delays or potential mistakes and to fully leverage available program funds, while navigating the current and upcoming funding cycle.
Explore the increasingly diverse device landscape to help you make good decisions about devices, software, and digital content. Learn how Graphite.org can help you find the next great learning app.
In December, 2014, the FCC released the Second E-rate Modernization Order, further modifying the program rules in efforts to provide greater flexibility to schools and libraries for securing affordable broadband networks. These rule changes and new options will go into effect beginning with the 2016 program year. View this webinar to take a closer look at what program rules have changed, and how this will impact the services and broadband solution options, supported by the E-rate program.
In June 2015, Funds For Learning conducted a survey of schools and libraries who receive funding via the federal E-rate discount program. This webinar focused on what applicants had to say about the modernization order changes, as well how applicants feel the 2015 application period was impacted. View the webinar to take a closer look at the results and potential program trends.
At the annual service provider training in Phoenix, the program administrator (USAC) revealed a new portal tool, tagged EPC (E-rate Productivity Center). USAC stated that all online form submissions and other communication with USAC will now take place behind this portal. This new tool will directly impact the way applicants interact with USAC’s online tools and systems, potentially extending into applicants’ internal E-rate processes and procedures. In this webinar, participants examined this new online tool suite and how it impacts processes from procurement through reimbursement. This information will empower you to more seamlessly adapt your processes and help to ensure compliance, as you move forward with procuring services and projects, for the upcoming FY2016 application cycle.
Have you been thinking about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)? Are you ready to learn more? In this webinar, Rachelle Wooten provided a primer on BYOD, including digital tool recommendations, classroom management tips, lesson planning, and teaching tips.
As FY 2015 application review times continue to be shortened, the expectation remains that commitment decisions will be released earlier. E-rate applicants should begin preparing now for the next steps in the E-rate funding process, and for the start of the E-rate 2015 funding year. This webinar covered best practices and what to expect heading into the first year of the new and improved E-rate program.
Being proactive can prepare you to execute your technology strategy once the funding year begins in July. For this webinar, we covered best practices for implementation and installation, how to prepare for application review, and took a look at nationwide demand for Funding Year 2015.
Focusing on quality and effectiveness now, can save both time and money for schools and libraries during the funding year. Gathering your documentation, making strategic decisions on funding requests, and planning for the review process are all important factors for the success of your E-rate applications. Make the most of this funding year, and view the webinar to look at how to structure the Form 471 to be ready for the review process, check application details, and the various types of program review that can affect your decisions as you make the finishing touches to your E-rate funding requests.
E-rate applicants only have until Mar. 26 to finalize their E-rate applications and submit funding requests for Funding Year 2015. In the short time that is left before the filing deadline, schools and libraries are working to complete their forms accurately, document the many decisions that factor into the application, and prepare for the application review process. View the webinar to learn more about the final push to finish the application process, and gain insight into how to position yourself for a successful review of your funding requests.
In this webinar, the presenters looked at the information that goes into the new version of the Form 471, reviewed best-practices for crafting an application, and explained how to document the process in ways that will help during funding request reviews.
With the E-rate Modernization Order, the FCC has set the E-rate program on course to provide much needed funding for broadband connectivity and on-campus capacity. The Funding Year 2015 Filing Window will be a fresh opportunity for schools and libraries to evaluate their E-rate strategy, learn the new ins-and-outs of the program, and make the important decisions which can set their applications up for success.
A new proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recommends an increase to the annual cap on spending for school internet as part of the continuing E-Rate overhaul initiative. FCC Chairman Wheeler proposed additional support for the E-rate program, increasing its annual funding to $3.9 billion, up from its current $2.4 billion level – almost a 60% increase in the fund. The FCC vote on this change took place on December 11, 2014.
Students and teachers can reap many benefits from 1:1 learning in their classrooms if the program is implemented thoughtfully. In this webinar, Leslie Wilson and Michael Gielniak of the One-to-One Institute discussed how districts and schools can launch their 1:1 programs in a successful and sustainable way. Leslie and Michael shared how to develop a vision for your 1:1 program, create a strategic plan and implement it with the proper infrastructure, professional development and communication channels in place.
The E-rate funding program is transforming, and so are the forms that applicants must prepare and submit. The updated FCC Form 470 competitive bidding paperwork is the first change that most applicants are likely to encounter. E-rate rules require that purchases be competitively bid. A failure to complete this new paperwork properly and in a timely fashion may put funding commitments at risk.
Planning and deploying a 1:1 program for the second-largest school district in the country, serving 650,000 students, is an amazing feat. But it’s also not without challenges. In this webinar, LAUSD’s Rasheed Khan and Rick Hassler shared their Common Core Technology Project: the largest one-to-one mobile device rollout in the country.
Annual USAC training events offer information and updates about the upcoming E-rate funding cycle. With reform changes, it is more important than ever to receive training about the E-rate program and practical clarification from USAC on the new rules for the program.
The FCC has made strides to modernize and reform the E-rate program with the news rules made official with the 7th Report and Order. E-rate 2.0 promises to give new prospects for network equipment funding for many school and library sites nationwide – but new challenges may arise with the new opportunities.
Simply knowing the new rules for the E-rate program is a great start, but it will be even more important for applicants to strategically plan how they will take advantage of the new opportunities and navigate past the potential pitfalls of E-rate reform.
The E-rate funding program is being reformed. Hundreds of pages of new rules and regulations have been released. There are new processes and procedures; new terminologies and definitions; new funding caps; new discount rates; new requirements to avoid failure; and new strategies required for success.
The rules for E-rate are changing. The need for reform to the E-rate program has been evident for years, as demand for Priority One services has continually increased and the available funding for Priority Two requests has dried up. The FCC has evaluated the current state of the program, taken comments from stakeholders, and floated potential rule changes – but now they are ready to act.
Funds For Learning conducted a survey of E-rate applicants, to find out what schools and libraries nationwide had to say about the proposed changes, and submitted the findings to both the FCC and USAC.
Broadband Internet access plays a crucial role in education – and schools look to the E-rate program to help deliver that connectivity. But growing demand for broadband is placing a strain on the E-rate, undermining the program and threatening school budgets in the process.
The filing window may be closed, but the successful applicants’ work is never done. As another E-rate filing window has come and gone, webinar presenter Brian Stephens, Senior Technology and Regulatory Analyst at Funds For Learning, showed attendees that it is never too early to get organized for the upcoming funding year!