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Funds For Learning Analysis of E-rate Data Reveals Fastest Funding Decision in Program History

Funds For Learning (@FFL) has announced vital E-rate data analysis at the 2016 ISTE Conference and Expo in Denver today. After the filing window for schools closed on May 26, the 2016 E-rate program saw the fastest funding decision in the program’s 20-year history, demonstrating the importance of internet connections for schools and libraries. To learn more, please read below or visit booth #1823 during ISTE.
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Funds begin flowing 21 days after school E-rate window closed; highest demand for lit fiber data and internet service

Edmond, Okla. (June 27, 2016) – As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues modernizing the E-rate program to expand robust networks in the nation’s schools and libraries, Funds For Learning reveals an analysis of the 2016 school E-rate filing window. Key findings include:

·Coming just 21 days after the close of the filing window for schools, this year’s initial funding decisions were the fastest in the history of the E-rate program.

·Funding requests for lit fiber data—large bandwidth connections—and internet service exceeded $1.2 billion, nearly five times the requested amount of the next highest service.

·Although funding requests for lit fiber service dominated the FY2016 requested amount, the count of requests for discounts on voice service was the highest of any other service category.

·The first funding wave (Wave 001) totaled $17.7 million and represented 2,251 Form 471 applications, consisting entirely of funding requests for internet, data and voice services, also known as Category 1 discounts. The applications included 4,402 individual funding requests split nearly evenly between voice and internet/data services.

“Internet connections for schools and libraries are essential, and the E-rate program exists to support this important mission,” John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning said. “The fast turn-around is a positive indication that funds will begin flowing and USAC will release applications quickly. Funds For Learning is committed to guiding schools through this process and championing this worthy cause.”

Since mandated by Congress in 1996, the E-rate program has provided discounted telecommunications, internet access and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries.

To help advance the E-rate program, Funds For Learning offered an opportunity for applicants to participate in an annual survey to voice their opinions and concerns. The data from this survey will be available in the fall and shared with the FCC and lawmakers to make E-rate program improvements.

For more E-rate analysis, stop by booth 1823 during ISTE, or visit

About Funds For Learning

Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student Internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit or phone 405-341-4140.

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Funds For Learning Reveals Initial Insights to E-rate Program Impact

Funds For Learning (@FFL), the leading E-rate experts, recently conducted its annual, nationwide survey to get feedback from applicants on the E-rate program. Amidst recent political and FCC changes, the survey found that 87 percent of respondents said the E-rate program remains a vital resource for their schools and libraries. 

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Funds For Learning Report Indicates Progress and Pitfalls of E-rate Program

Edmond, Okla. (Dec. 13, 2017) – The impending decision by the FCC to maintain or repeal Net Neutrality raises questions about how internet regulation could impact connectivity for U.S. schools and libraries. To help educate and support discussions regarding the importance of broadband connection and E-rate funding, Funds For Learning releases its annual 2017 E-rate Trends Report. Based on a survey of approximately 1,100 participants who closely resemble the total population of E-rate applicants, the 2017 E-rate Trends Report analyzes the strengths of the program in supporting connectivity goals and highlights areas for improvement. Results include:    ·      Data and internet services accounted for $2.5 billion of the $4.9 billion in services supported by E-rate.     ·      90 percent of survey respondents expect their school or district’s internet bandwidth to increase over the next three years.    ·      Only 18 percent of survey respondents believe that the current budget cap is sufficient to meet their school’s needs.    ·      55 percent of respondents would change the Eligible Services list to include Voice Services.    ·      73 percent of respondents believe that insufficient off-campus internet access for students or library patrons is a significant issue in their community. ·          ·      44 percent of respondents do not believe that the E-rate application program is fast, simple and efficient.

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Funds For Learning Proposes Plan to Meet E-rate Program Demands

The release of the Funds For Learning E-rate 2.0 Proposal comes on the heels of the USAC demand estimate for Funding Year 2013. Total demand is estimated at $4.98 billion, the third highest in the history of the E-rate program. The demand for Priority One services exceeds the funding cap for the entire program, leaving the $2.27 billion requested for Priority Two services in doubt. The Funds For Learning E-rate 2.0 Proposal restructures the current program, calling for an increase in available funds while basing amount of monies received on a per-student basis. The plan also enables schools to choose their own priorities for E-rate funds.

Funds For Learning Shares New Vision for the E-rate Program

Funds For Learning, the nation’s largest E-rate compliance services firm, proposes a vision that would enable the E-rate program to have a critical impact for years to come. The firm emphasizes increased funding, simplified processes and a solutions-minded approach to reform. Funds For Learning proposed a new discount budget system, which would allow applicants to foresee the maximum amount of discounts they could request.

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Lafayette Parish School System Taps E-rate Program, Funds For Learning to Create 1:1 Device Infrastructure

A Louisiana school district partnered with Funds For Learning (@FFL), the leading E-rate experts, to rollout a 1:1 device initiative. Though their partnership, the district was able to tap into the E-rate funding, making it possible for Lafayette Parish School District and districts around the country to achieve reliable, high-speed internet. To learn more, please read below.

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Funds For Learning Trend Report Provides Snapshot of E-rate Program

Twenty years after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created E-rate funding, significant measures are underway to update the program that has become vital to schools and libraries across the United States. In an effort to aid policymakers, administrators and other E-rate stakeholders as they shape the future of the program, Funds For Learning releases its 2016 E-rate Trends Report. 

FCC Reveals Proposed E-rate Program Updates For Funding Year 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today issued a Public Notice revealing E-rate program reform actions under consideration by the agency. Changes are slated for Funding Year 2015. Planning begins this fall, with new changes impacting the flow of funds beginning no earlier than July 1, 2015. The Public Notice requests input from stakeholders, with comments due by April 7, and reply comments due by April 21.