e-rate


Having secure, reliable access to the internet is no longer an option. It’s necessary. This is especially true for schools, as curriculum and resources are increasingly moving online and cyberattacks are becoming more frequent. In fact, data shows that 141 US school districts have reported one or more cyber incidents since 2016. To meet these needs, K-12 schools and districts across the United States are currently in the process of applying for E-rate for Funding Year 2018. The E-rate program from the Universal Service Administration... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
The K-12 learning environment has moved beyond the physical walls of the classroom thanks to behavioral shifts and digital connectivity. However, robust and speedy network services that are designed to keep student and faculty data secure come with a price tag. The cost of ongoing connectivity and keeping networks secure is a constant barrier for most school districts, but thankfully, the E-rate program gives them an opportunity to do just that. Take a look at the graphic below to see how the classroom environment has evolved, the threats... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Aug 18, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
As reliance on technology continues to grow, and students inevitably require greater access to web assets, schools have been keeping up by incorporating programs that allow for more devices and a more web-focused curriculum. While it’s important to provide these services, between paying for internet access and securing the network, they typically come at a great cost. To mitigate these costs, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its subsidiary, the Universal Services Administrative Committee (USAC), implemented the E-rate program,... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends, Security Q & A
When I was "the tech guy" (and a math and science teacher and the Drama Club Advisor) at our local high school, I often said that if our students devoted as much time to their studies as they did to trying to bypass our content filter, we'd have a bunch of Rhodes Scholars. It only got worse when I made the mistake of getting into administration as the district's first technology director. Not only did I dramatically increase bandwidth at all of our schools, making the Internet a much more attractive place to look for trouble, but... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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