7 Questions Every Superintendent Needs to ask about E-rate in 2020

7 Questions Every Superintendent Needs to ask about E-rate in 2020

The halls and classrooms of your schools gleam as brightly as the smiles of the teachers and administrators welcoming back the students from summer break. Another school year begins filled with hope and promise. With so many functions to manage, worrying about the network that hums behind the scenes is generally one that Superintendents tend to not pay much attention to. After all, they have Network Teams for that.

E-rate Tips: 5 Key Elements for Special Construction RFPs

E-rate Tips: 5 Key Elements for Special Construction RFPs

Each E-rate cycle, we receive questions from E-rate Consultants about navigating the latest USAC rule changes and best practices for Form 470/RFP filings. This year, we’ve put together a Complete Category 1 webinar series and “Consult the Consultant” blogs with our top tips for crafting high-quality RFPs, managing vendor negotiations, evaluating bids, and more.

Network Essentials: Understanding the basics of school district networks

Network Essentials: Understanding the basics of school district networks

Robust broadband that fully supports digital learning requires that each part of a district’s network be working in unison and at full capacity. If one or more of the pieces of the network is broken or underperforming, then high-speed broadband and therefore rich, digital learning content cannot reach students’ devices. There are three prerequisites to improving school connectivity:

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What's Next? Tips for Planning Upgrade Implementation

What's Next? Tips for Planning Upgrade Implementation

Although this year’s E-rate cycle has come to a close, it is never too early to start planning for upgrade implementation and your future network management. For school districts that secured funding last cycle and are ready to implement, it’s critical to make sure the end results serve your long-term goals. Below are some tips for managing the installation and ongoing network maintenance to ensure your upgrade is successful for years to come.

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$1B in E-rate funding left on the table.

$1B in E-rate funding left on the table.

Before 2015, a large portion of the funding was reserved for subsidizing school phone lines; little funding was set aside to support schools with upgrading their internal networks. In 2014, AASA played a lead role in modernizing the E-rate program, advocating for key changes such as:

  1. A policy update to make the program broadband-centric; and

  2. A critical vote to increase the funding cap to ensure that applicants could access meaningful funding both Category 1 (internet access) and Category 2 (internal networking).

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