The E-Rate program, formally known as the Universal Services Program for Schools and Libraries, is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission to help schools and libraries take advantage of advanced communications services. Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), the E-Rate program provides discounts up to 90% for eligible data and voice services, with the greatest discounts for schools and libraries in higher poverty and rural areas.
FairPoint’s Education Solutions team offers these helpful tips for E-Rate season:
Here are some questions and challenges for you to consider this E-Rate season:
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Although wireless access technology has been in schools for several years, earlier-generation solutions have not been robust enough to keep pace with growing mobility requirements. Today’s more advanced managed Wi-Fi technologies now provide the functionality, scalability and bandwidth to support an ambitious set of classroom mobility requirements. FairPoint recently introduced a Managed Wireless Local Area Network solution that could offer some relief. Some schools are also considering bandwidth upgrades to accommodate more data traffic.
Would a unified voice and data system like FairPoint’s Hosted PBX offer a future-forward alternative and allow you to take advantage of E-Rate funding?
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The following case studies illustrate how schools are using FairPoint’s advanced technology services to improve performance and efficiency while positioning them for the future:
“E-rate voice and data subsidies helped reduce our overall cost for a new Hosted PBX system and made it doable for our budget,” said Neal Richardson, CISSP, Director of Technology and Emergency Management for Monadnock Regional School District. “E-rate didn’t support us in replacing on-site PBX equipment, so this ability to get some funding for a new solution made moving to Hosted PBX that much more appealing.”
“With the FairPoint Hosted PBX, there was no hardware to replace or maintain, and that ultimately cost less,” Richardson said. “I no longer had to worry about buying $20,000-30,000 worth of PBX equipment to get me by in the event something happened to the system at one of our schools.”
According to Robin Gouin in the Technology & Support department at Lamoille Union High School, “It has revolutionized the way we do things.” The school system has benefitted from connectivity that has changed the way teachers teach and students learn. Online interaction offers a more collaborative learning experience. And, everyone has constant and easy access to a wide range of online resources both in the classroom and at home.
If you would like to learn more about the E-Rate program, check on the latest E-Rate news, or start the application process, visit www.usac.org.
Our Education Solutions Team would also love to learn more about your technology challenges and tell you about the new advanced services we’ve brought to market. We hope to work with you to find the right solutions at the right price. Speak with one of our education technology experts today
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