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For US schools and libraries, this is a big deal (and big business for resellers). The first quarter of the year is E-rate season for public schools and libraries in the US. E-rate is a federal reimbursement program run by the FCC designed to help bridge the “digital divide” for schools and libraries with higher proportions of low-income students and patrons and those in rural areas providing substantial funding for Internet access and network infrastructure. The poorest institutions and those with the least access to cost-effective... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jan 19, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
K12 has its share of security and regulatory challenges, but higher ed takes things to a whole new level. Last week I wrote about some of the security challenges K12 schools face, most of which revolve around balancing regulatory requirements, Internet safety, and access to educational resources. I called this the “Ed Tech Conundrum” since giving students and teachers broader access to Internet resources often runs counter to parental, administrative, and regulatory concerns. In higher education, though, we’re dealing with adult students,... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 10, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
If our kids spent as much time studying as they do bypassing firewalls, we’d be cranking out Rhodes Scholars left and right. I spent several years as one of those all-too-typical public school tech guys. I taught math and science most of the time and had an extra period off during the day to handle every bit of technology in the school. Desktops, laptops, servers, network infrastructure, databases, you name it. Sometimes I had an intern (one semester I had two!). I’m not complaining - this is the reality for many public schools that, like countless... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 03, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Fortinet has a broad portfolio of security hardware, but a lesser known bit of freeware from the company recently caught my eye. I just recently began working with Fortinet and have been familiarizing myself with their hardware and software. I’ve known about the company for years, but their product portfolio is pretty deep, so it was time for a closer look. Ironically, it wasn’t the ridiculously fast next gen firewalls or integrated UTM/WiFi products that initially caught my eye. It was a free Windows utility for planning wireless deployments... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Oct 28, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News