Archive — Month: February 2017

Published: February 14th, 2017

How is the proposed State Matching Fund related to E-rate?

The State Matching Provision was instituted as part of the E-rate Modernization Orders implemented over the last few years. In the Second E-rate Modernization Order, the FCC adopted rules providing additional Category One funding to match state funding for special construction to connect schools and libraries to high-speed broadband services that meet the FCC’s long-term [Read more…]

Published: February 14th, 2017

2017 Erate Filing Window Announced

USAC has announced the filing window for 2017! 470’s may be posted from July 1, 2016 – April 12, 2017 471’s may be posted from February 27, 2017 – May 11, 2017 All documents are filed online via the USAC Portal so make sure you have your EPC login information available. The USAC News Brief [Read more…]

Published: February 8th, 2017

USAC News Brief — All about Form 470 + FY2016 Special Construction

The February 4, 2017 edition of the USAC School and Libraries Program News Brief is out and is chock full of important information, including such things as: Commitments for Funding Year 2016 FY2017 FCC Form 470 Reminders (so much information) Extensions for Fy2016 Special Construction Read the whole February 4 News Brief on the USAC [Read more…]

Published: February 1st, 2017

How do we participate in the Initiative?

Determine whether one or more campuses in your district does not have a scalable, broadband connection to the Internet. Post your 470 and /RFP by February 1st requesting a high speed / scalable infrastructure solution. Filing a form 470 generally takes one hour and both EducationSuperHighway and the State Erate Director, Milan Eaton, are available [Read more…]

Published: February 1st, 2017

What’s the best way to get started?

View your district’s profile on Compare & Connect K-12. Your profile displays your public E-rate filing information, your recommended minimum bandwidth speed based on number of students, and a list of other districts purchasing comparable services. Determine the bandwidth needed for your schools and/or district hub in order to support digital learning in the classroom: [Read more…]

Published: February 1st, 2017

Does Arizona have a State Matching Fund to cover infrastructure costs?

The Arizona Corporation Commission is currently evaluating the possibility of using the Arizona Universal Service Fund (AUSF) to provide a portion of the total State Matching Fund. The Commission will likely be considering this program in February or March. A one-time distribution of $8-13 million from the existing AUSF would serve as the large portion [Read more…]

Published: February 1st, 2017

How does this help Arizona schools?

This opportunity allows schools to receive broadband access (Infrastructure builds) at little to no charge through federal monies and a state matching fund. However, this opportunity only has a limited window to apply for these funds.

Published: February 1st, 2017

What is the “Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative” ?

The Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative is a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Education, the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the nonprofit organization EducationSuperHighway. The program’s goal is to ensure that every public K-12 instructional building in the state is connected via high-speed and reliable broadband connections to enable digital [Read more…]