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  • 1. Introducing E-Rate to Diboll ISD
    2011-2012 Technology Plan
  • 2. Agenda for Technology PlanSteps to follow and apply for and receive support
    Determine Elgibility
    Develop Plan
    Open Bidding Process
    Select Service Provider
    Calculate Discount Level
    Determine Eligible Services
    Submit Application
    Undergo Application Review
    Receive funding Decision
    Begin Receipt of Services
    Invoice USAC
  • 3. Overview of The Process
    The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "E-Rate," is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.
  • 4. Determine Elgibility
    Schools must provide elementary or secondary education as determined under state law.
    Schools may be public or private institutional day or residential schools, or public charter schools.
    Schools must operate as non-profit businesses.
    Schools cannot have an endowment exceeding $50 million.
  • 5. Developing A Plan
    Goals and realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology
    A professional development strategy
    An assessment of telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services needed
    Ongoing evaluation process
    [Beginning with FY2011, this element is not required] Budget resources
  • 6. Bidding Process
    Describe specific servicesor functions for support
    Identify the correct category of services: telecommunications, Internet access, internal connections, or basic maintenance of internal connections
    Identify recipients of services for support
    Follow all applicable state and local procurement laws
    Wait 28 days after the Form 470 is posted to the USAC website or after public availability of your Request for Proposals (RFP), whichever is later, before selecting a vendor or executing a contract
  • 7. Select Service Provider
    Construct an Evaluation
    Bid Evaluation Matrix
    28-day Waiting Period
    Contract Guidance
    State Replacement Contracts
  • 8. Calculate Discount Level
    An applicant that applies for Schools and Libraries Program support for eligible services must calculate the discount percentage that it and the schools or libraries it represents are eligible to receive.
  • 9. Claculating Discount Cont.
    The primary measure for determining Schools and Libraries support discounts is the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), calculated by individual school.
    A school district applicant calculates its shared discount by calculating a weighted average of the discounts of all individual schools included in the school district.
    Library branches or outlets must obtain and use the NSLP data for the public school district in which they are located to calculate the discount.
    A library system applicant calculates its shared discount by calculating an average of the discounts of all library branches or outlets included in the system.
    A consortium calculates its shared discount by calculating the average of the discounts of all eligible libraries and schools that are included in its membership.
    Urban or Rural
    Every school or library in the United States is located in either a rural or an urban area, based on Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) data.
    The applicant must determine if the individual school or library is rural or urban to properly calculate its percentage discount.
  • 10. Determine Eligible Services
    Telecommunications Services
    Internet Access
    Internal Connections
    Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
  • 11. Submit Application
    May be filed online or on paper
    Must be certified by an authorized person to be considered complete
    Must be postmarked or submitted online no later than the close of the application filing window for the funding year to be considered as filed within the window
  • 12. Application Reveiw
    Each application is reviewed to ensure that Universal Service Fund support is committed only for eligible products and services as well as eligible uses by eligible entities.
  • 13. Receive Funding Decison
    Following application review, USAC issues one or more Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) to both the applicant and the service provider(s).
  • 14. Begin Receipt of Services
    Before USAC can pay invoices, the billed entity must confirm: the start date of services, approval of the technology plan, and compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
  • 15. Invoice USAC
    After eligible services have been delivered, service providers and school and library applicants may submit invoices for Universal Service Fund (USF) support.
  • 16. Potential Staff Development in Technology Survey
  • 17. Technology Survey to determine Areas of Need
  • 18. Diboll ISD Building for the Future
    With New Buildings Come New Technology