Education in the United States
is being transformed by technology, with the widespread use of interactive curricula, cloud services, and mobile devices. With online resources and mobile devices replacing outdated textbooks and spiral notebooks, learning increasingly depends on fast, reliable connectivity in the classroom.
One of the most important technology funding programs for schools is E-Rate. Most public schools and libraries in the U.S. depend on E-Rate for discounts on telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections, but year after year, there is significantly more demand for funding than what’s available.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the modernization of E-Rate to help E-Rate applicants increase access to high-speed broadband connectivity and expand broadband throughout schools and libraries.
eRate; “The Universal Service Discount Program for Schools and Libraries”
- $3.9 B annual cap, plus new dedicated $1B for FY15 and additional $1B for FY16 for broadband internal connections
- Funding Year 2016 = July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
- Solicitation period July 2015 to Feb 2016
- 20-90% discounts on eligible services
- Eligible Services: Category 1 & 2
Telecommunications, Telecommunications services and Internet access
Internal connections, Basic maintenance and Managed internal broadband services