Friday, March 7, 2014

Federal E-Rate program being revamped

The FCC released its Public Notice on E-Rate Modernization today. Initial comments are due April 7th. A copy of the notice is on our website at

Here’s a basic outline of the notice:

  • Focused Funding FOR High-Capacity Broadband
    • Broadband Deployment within Schools and Libraries
      • Scope of Services to Be Funded
      • Access to Funding
        • Five-Year Upgrade Cycle
        • Rotating Eligibility
        • Annual Allocation for Internal Connections
        • Other Methods to Prioritize Internal Connections Funding
    •  Broadband Deployment to Schools and Libraries
      • Scope of Services to Be Funded 
      • Ensuring Equitable Distribution
    • Encouraging Cost-Effective Purchasing 
    • Streamlining the Administrative Process
  • Reduced Support for Voice Services
    • Reduced E-rate Support for Voice Services
    • Alternatives
    • Other Issues Related to Voice Services
    • Easing Administrative Burdens
  • Demonstration Projects
A more detailed analysis will be provided in next Monday’s newsletter.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Student film festival promotes technology in the classroom.

Here's what happened at the Student Film Festival
White House

Last Friday, Washington hosted the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.
Students from all across the country created more than 2,500 short films illustrating the role that technology plays in their classrooms, why it's so important, and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future.
More than 60 of the young filmmakers went to the White House for the festival, where they screened the 16 official selections. And, as the President said himself, "these movies are awesome."