School and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund E- Rate and GISD Technology Plan
Introduction to the E-Rate Program E – Rate Funding The Application Process The GISD Technology Plan Overview Conclusion Agenda
Program administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (SAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Designed to ensure access to modern telecommunications and internet services for eligible schools. Provides discounts of 20 – 90% for eligible services. Intro: What is E-Rate?
Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and the urban or rural status of the population served. Eligible schools, districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a group. E – Rate Funding Continued
A step-by-step process that includes the following actions: Determine Eligibility Develop a Technology Plan Open a Competitive Bidding Process Select a Service Provider Calculate the discount Determine Your Eligibility Status Submit your Application The Application Process
Encompasses cost effective creative ways to use new and emerging technologies to meet district objectives. The plan addresses crucial technology goals and objectives, including leadership, learning, infrastructure, security, and communication. Includes a significant budget which mainly comes from local funds (bond and maintenance and operations.) GISD Technology Plan
Includes an ongoing system of annual technology assessments and feedback. Uses data compiled from the Texas STaR chart and district developed systems to drive technological decisions. GISD Technology Plan Cont.
E- Rate and GISD Upon Approval districts will receive: A Funding Decision Begin Receipt of Services
E – Rate Program National program that ensures discounts for eligible telecommunications and internet services. http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step11/ The GISD Technology Plan Cost effective, assessment-focused, plan that addresses district long and short term technology goals. Conclusion/Recap