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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Getting What You Need: 10 Vendor Negotiation Tips for School Districts

Getting What You Need: 10 Vendor Negotiation Tips for School Districts

As we approach the E-rate filing deadline, it’s critical to make sure that the vendor you’ve chosen is able to provide what your district needs at the best possible cost. Most vendors genuinely want to help and support school districts, and as long as the economics are practical they will work with you to create a cost-effective solution.

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