Today is December 11, 2014, a historic day for the E-Rate program. An increase of funding was enacted today. This could have a very positive effect on schools and libraries depending on what USAC does next. My E-Rate holiday wish list includes ideas that could help the FCC and USAC maximize the impact of the E-Rate program. Let’s explore why additional funding is needed. First, a quick look at the program:
This may be your last chance to affordably modernize and future-proof your communications systems and collaboration technology.
The FCC stated in July of 2014 that they wish to significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s rural and poorest school districts. In years past, this was a P2-funded technology. How will they accomplish this? How will this program facilitate broadband access? How can they ensure E-Rate will remain viable for years to come?
When school funding is so limited, a lot of people wonder why it’s important to spend money on deploying unified communications and collaboration technology (like video messaging, phone systems, and instant messaging) in schools. Here are just five benefits of collaboration technology for schools that everyone can understand.