John Harrington of Funds For Learning says districts should be permitted to apply E-rate funding to cybersecurity but that proposed changes to the discount’s competitive bidding process are not necessary.
E-rate applications must be submitted by midnight on March 25, and there are several things to keep in mind while applying this year.
The E-rate program, formally called The Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, helps eligible U.S. schools to obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access.
An excerpt from COSN’s K12 Cybersecurity cost report, released in September, argues that E-rate funds should not only make the Internet accessible to all students, but also make it safe.
The new cap proposed might cause recurring funding shortfalls for the E-rate program and disrupt long-term district broadband infrastructure planning.
Results reveal that the E-rate program remains critical in establishing broadband connectivity for schools and libraries.
Leaders should specify in their E-Rate applications and contracts with Internet service providers that they require neutral service.
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