Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund E-Rate
Background The E-Rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Ensures that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/erate.html
E-Rate is a discount of 20-90 percent that schools and libraries receive for the acquisition of telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections necessary for deploying technology into the classroom.
The Universal Service Fund makes up to $2.25 billion available per year to
eligible schools and libraries.
The level of discounts is based on the level of eligibility in the federal free and
reduced school lunch program.
Libraries will use their local school district’s school lunch eligibility.
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Private not-for-profit schools that do not have an endowment
exceeding 50 million
Individual schools, school districts, and consortia
Individual library branches
Voice and Data
Regular telephone lines for teachers to receive phone calls in the
Pagers for security officials
High bandwidth telecommunication services
Satellite delivery for distance learning
World Wide Web access
Network File Servers
Wireless Local Area Networks
Software needed for operation of file servers
What is not covered?
Computers for teachers and students
Resale of discounted services is prohibited
Brownsville ISD Technology Plan http://www.bisd.us/ts/Quote_Sub_PG/PDF/BROWNSVILLE%20ISD%20Technology%20Plan_%202009%20-%202012.pdf
Summary The district plan takes into consideration the NCLB requirements as well as the E-Rate program. Changes have been made to encompass the updates on the Long Range Plan for Technology. The purpose of the plan is provide equitable access to the use of technology to enable students to become lifelong learners. Needs Assessment The district needs are based on the STaR Chart data, as well as data from district databases, Instructional Technology office, and Technology Support Teachers.
Regular training sessions for teachers and administrators
Continued support of a point of contact at each campus
Regular communication with the campus
Assistance with integrating technology into the curriculum
Increase in numbers of technology support personnel
An improvement in IP telephony
Implementation of APC project
Implementation of IP television and addition of Vbrick Media Systems
Implementation of wireless network within schools and offices
Upgrade the district wide infrastructure in the form of new routers and
Add Fortigate/Cisco PIX firewall to schools
New network cabling to replace old cabling and to add to new schools and
Additional network drops for classrooms and offices
District-wide server upgrades for student E-mail, DNS and web servers
Provide all students with instruction in the use of technology that empowers
them to become more knowledgeable of their world and develop their academic skills.
Provide the knowledge skills and resources necessary for all educators to fully
integrate technology into the curriculum.
Develop a partnership with parents and the Community to assist in
developing all students to their potential.
To provide the knowledge and skills necessary to fully integrate technology
into administrative functions and to allow all administrators to make informed decisions on technology acquisitions and usage.
To provide a high-speed, quality infrastructure and high value hardware for