Tag Archives: Funds for Learning

E-rate: How to Broaden Connectivity, Achieve Funding Success

On a mission to connect learners of all ages to the internet no matter their economics.  GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington The E-rate program has been largely responsible for connecting our nation’s schools and libraries to the internet. Yet … Continue reading

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Update: E-rate Now More Than Ever

What applicants can expect in 2017. GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington Schools and libraries are struggling to get sufficient internet access on their campuses. It takes a fast internet connection and enterprise-grade Wi-Fi to provide students and library patrons … Continue reading

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The E-rate Program Today

A program that has already helped thousands of schools and how it can help your district. GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington The federal E-rate program provides discounts on Internet access and Wi-Fi networks for K-12 schools and public libraries. … Continue reading

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Connecting with Funding

What’s happening and what’s ahead for 2017 E-rate. GUEST COLUMN | by Cathy Cruzan E-rate has come a long way, and in the past four years funding has been restored for school and library connections. This year marks my 20th … Continue reading

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Trends | Restructured E-Rate Guide

Filled with expert analysis and insights, the newly released Guide to the E-Rate 2.0 provides program and market information to help education technology providers understand how the newly restructured e-rate program will impact school district capabilities and needs for technology and digital … Continue reading

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E-Rate Update

The program’s guidelines haven’t been updated since its 1996 introduction.   GUEST COLUMN | by Cathy Cruzan On March 6, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice revealing E-rate program reforms under consideration by the agency. The notice … Continue reading

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A Time for Action

Welcome to the new world of E-rate. GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington This year’s Digital Learning Day marked a significant announcement from the FCC about coming changes to the E-rate program. Chairman Thomas Wheeler outlined the current issues with … Continue reading

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Trends | Building an E-rate Community

It’s the Holidays and everyone wants their piece of the pie — now you can get yours. Funds For Learning, a professional firm specializing in the federal E-rate funding program, has launched a free professional learning community, Your Online Guide to E-rate … Continue reading

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Bringing Up the Bandwidth

ConnectED initiative aims high, but there’s more to consider. GUEST COLUMN | by John Harrington President Obama has called for high speed digital connections to our schools and libraries, “ensuring that 99 percent of American students can benefit” from advances … Continue reading

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Survey Says: Funds For Learning

GUEST COLUMN | by Lori Fadok In the spring of 2012, Funds For Learning conducted a nationwide survey of E-rate applicants, seeking stakeholder views on the state of E-rate and their opinions on technology priorities amidst increasing demand for program … Continue reading

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Trends | E-Rate Survey Results Are In

Results from a national survey of e-rate applicants indicate a continued reliance on e-rate funding, particularly for broadband connectivity. Funds for Learning, an e-rate compliance firm, released survey results in 2008-09; recent results released were a follow-up to the earlier … Continue reading

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A Brief History in Digital Literacy

GUEST COLUMN | by Brian Stephens Do you remember bulletin board systems? If you don’t, that’s okay – it’s a pretty computer-geekish thing to remember. BBSes were ad-hoc computer networks – primitive by today’s standards – that existed in the … Continue reading

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Trends | E-rate Applicant Demand Exceeds $5 Billion

Looking for a discount on certain communications services for your school? You’re not alone. Requests for discounts have increased for the fourth straight year as schools and libraries nationwide asked for more than $5 Billion in E-rate funds for Funding … Continue reading

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