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Use of the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Middle Band Spectrum in development and deployment of best practices solutions encompassing a comprehensive approach to education reform through......

Use of the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Middle Band Spectrum in development and deployment of best practices solutions encompassing a comprehensive approach to education reform through wireless infrastructure, teaching, assessment, reporting, diagnosing and prescribing of educational and collaborative entrepreneurship models.

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  • 1. The OUTEACH™ Network EDUCATION INNOVATION & REFORM State of Florida Use of the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Middle Band Spectrum in development and deployment of best practices solutions encompassing a comprehensive approach to education reform (Florida Race to the Top) through infrastructure, teaching, assessment, reporting, diagnosing and prescribing of educational and collaborative entrepreneurship models. © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 2.
    • Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
    • Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
    • Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
    • Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.
    “ Race to the Top” Through Race to the Top (R 2 T), States are being asked to advance education reforms around four specific areas: (Florida has been awarded $700 Million) 365/24/7 mobile, nomadic and fixed wireless access to educational tools, virtual classrooms, student portfolios, distance learning, training, finance, health, employer outreach 365/24/7 real time uploads / downloads of data, grades, assignments, collaborative teaching and administrative tools, multi-media 365/24/7 wireless access to assessment and incentive tools, training, teacher portfolios, demographic, classroom development tools, employment outreach 365/24/7 specialty digital access, inclusion and literacy programs The OUTEACH™ Network © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 3.
    • Florida EBS License Holders (Middle Band)
    • FPL FiberNet, LamdaRail, State/County/City DarkFiber
    • Florida Web 2.0
    • IPWireless (2.5GHz EBS & 700MHz PS)
    • Florida DoE, The Florida College System Foundation, FLDMS, Internet Coast, FAU, FSU, UofF, All Florida State Universities & Community Colleges
    COLLABORATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ACTION The OUTEACH™ Network © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 4. Florida Fiber Backbone (not including city/county rings) The OUTEACH™ Network FPL FiberNet Florida Lambda Rail © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 5.
    • EBS Mid-Band Spectrum Will Catalyze and Sustain Priorities Set Forth by R 2 T Education Innovation and Reform Initiatives (Core Technology Infrastructure Delivery)
    • Majority of EBS License Holders are K-12, School Boards/Districts, Community & State Colleges
    • EBS License Holders in Jeopardy of Losing their EBS Licenses due to FCC Substantial Service Deadline of May 1, 2011 (possible extension)
    • FCC Requires Substantial Service Guidelines to Incorporate “Educational Content” and Applications
    Why this is important to R 2 T… © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 6.
    • Spectrum assigned to K-12, School Boards, Community & State Colleges and other non-profits in the late 60’s & early 70’s
    • 2004 - Past FCC Admin changed the rules to allow for commercial wireless broadband services and lease of the spectrum
    • 2004 – 2011 Clearwire “CLEAR” has the rights to 85+% of the leased EBS in the United States, launched in approx. 60 markets, low sales, strictly wholesaling leased EBS spectrum
    • Conducive to both WiMAX & LTE standards (LTE preferred)
    • NEBSA is “Advisory” Association – Wants to put the Education back into the EBS
    • FCC Requires EBS Substantial Service Guidelines to Incorporate “Educational Content” and Applications
    What is the EBS? (Educational Broadband Service Spectrum) The OUTEACH™ Network © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 7. Florida EBS License Holders (Breakdown) 84% of EBS License Holders in Florida are Educational Institutions or Agencies © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network The OUTEACH™ Network Florida Total EBS License Holders 185 Leased (Clearwire) 90 (49%) EBS Licensees by Sector/Agency: Community/State Colleges 71 (39%) School Boards/Districts, K-12 84 (45%) Non-Profit, Religious, Media 30 (16%)
  • 8. What is the Middle Band EBS?
    • 42MHz of Middle Band EBS is available state-wide
    • 6MHz = 45Mps
    • 12MHz = 90Mps
    • 18MHz = 135Mps
    © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 9. Clearwire’s Lease Language
    • EBS License Holders may use the reserve capacity for noncommercial, governmental, administrative, educational or research purposes to satisfy the minimal educational use requirements pursuant to FCC minimum use requirements
    • Clearwire will allow the EBS License Holder, at its sole cost and expense, to make use of the middle band channel(s) for educational operations so long as use does not interfere with their commercial operations
    • EBS License Holders may request the use of all or substantially all of the mid-band channels at their own expense
    © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network The OUTEACH™ Network
  • 10. Summary The OUTEACH™ Network
    • Needs to happen sooner than later due to FCC mandated EBS “Substantial Service” deadline of May 1, 2011 ( request to possibly extend to November 1, 2011 was submitted mid February 2011 )
    • The EBS “Substantial Service” deadline will effect mostly RURAL EBS License Holders as the FCC could reclaim those licenses if service is not launched
    • Funding for State-wide EBS Middle Band LTE 4G wireless infrastructure can come from Florida Department of Education R2T program or newer “ Wireless Innovation & Infrastructure Initiative (WIII) ” programs
    • IPWireless has “2.5GHz EBS Network in a Box” for fast deployment to meet substantial service safe harbor requirements
    • Replication of components inherent to Northern Michigan University EBS Network using Release 8 3GPP LTE (4G) core standards
    © 2011 The OUTEACH™ Network Contact Information: Brad Bowman | 561.400.7194 | [email_address]