www.inacol.org
E-Rate 101: Basics for
Education Advocates
Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL
Lisa Hone, Deputy Divis...
www.inacol.org
Welcome & Introductions
Susan Patrick
President & CEO, iNACOL
Susan Patrick
President and CEO, iNACOL
John Bailey
Executive Director, Digital
Learning Now!
Jon Bernstein
Co-Chair, EdLI...
About iNACOL
• Premier K-12 nonprofit in online learning dedicated to an important student-centric
mission: that all stude...
Overview
• Goal: Empower education advocates to
get involved in the E-rate discussion
• Topics:
– Program basics
– Legisla...
www.inacol.org
E-Rate Basics
Susan Patrick
President & CEO, iNACOL
John Bailey
Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!
Where we are now
• News Flash: FCC launches update of E-
Rate 7/19/2013
• E-Rate Established in 1996 Telecom Act
– E-Rate ...
USF
• E-rate is one of four Universal Service Fund
(USF) programs
• Administered by the Universal Service
Administration C...
What E-rate Funds
• Provide more than $2 billion in annual discounts
to help schools and libraries obtain
telecommunicatio...
Eligible Services & Prioritization
• Priority 1 (funded first)
– Telecommunications Services
– Telecommunications
– Intern...
Application Process
Source: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09253.pdf
Digital Learning Now!
Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign under the Foundation for Excellence in
Education with t...
• Questions?
www.inacol.org
Historical context on FCC
regulation and E-Rate
Jon Bernstein
Co-Chair, EdLINC Coalition
http://www.edlinc....
EdLiNC
• Most major k-12 public and private
education associations + ALA belong
• Established to pass the E-Rate prior to
...
History of E-Rate
• From Telecom Act 1996 to today
• Key Issues:
– Program Goals
– Priorities
– Applications for discounts...
E-Rate Issues of Yore…
• Sound a lot like its issues today
– Funding
• 1998: EdLiNC report indicates 15% of P2 applicants ...
Same as it ever was
– Waste, Fraud and Abuse Protections
• Early Program Problems: Puerto Rico, Chicago, Atlanta, Ysleta
•...
Song remains the same
– Appeals Backlog
• Program Year 2011: over 1,800 appeals to
USAC, about 3 months to resolve appeals...
Questions?
www.inacol.org
E-rate 2.0
John Bailey
Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!
E-rate 2.0
• New demands for broadband
– PARCC/SBAC and other online assessments
– Digital learning
– Blended and Online l...
E-rate 2.0
Source: Funds for Learning
Opportunity to Update E-Rate
• FCC voted unanimously on Friday to move forward with
NPRM to reform the E-rate.
• NPRM spel...
Increased Broadband Capacity
• Simplifying rules on fiber deployment to lower barriers to
new construction
• Prioritizing ...
Cost Effective Purchasing
• Increasing consortium purchasing to drive down prices
• Creating other bulk buying opportuniti...
Streamlined Program Administration
• Speeding review of E-rate applications
• Providing a streamlined electronic filing sy...
Other Issues
• The applicability of the Children’s Internet Protection Act
(CIPA) to devices brought into schools and libr...
www.inacol.org
FCC & E-Rate:
NPRM & Process
Lisa Hone
Deputy Division Chief
Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Wire...
www.inacol.org
Q&A
Please submit your questions
in the chat box
Resources
– USAC Schools & Libraries Program (E-Rate
Administrator) http://www.usac.org/sl/
– iNACOL http://www.inacol.org...
www.inacol.org
Thank you!
Follow up questions about this webinar?
Contact:
Maria Worthen
Vice President for Federal & Stat...
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As the FCC prepares to issue its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and with the recent announcement of President Obama's ConnectED initiative, education stakeholders are starting to rev up advocacy to improve access to broadband for schools and inform policy makers of connectivity needs around E-Rate. Another driver for broadband adoption in schools is that, particularly in rural and poor areas, our nation's schools are not ready to deliver online assessments by the 2014 deadline. Schools need high-speed Internet access for delivery of blended, online and digital learning strategies as they recognize the potential to personalize learning to close the achievement gap and get students college and career ready. Join education and broadband telecommunications leaders (including an official from the FCC and two former US Department of Education Directors of Educational Technology) for this first in a series of iNACOL E-Rate 101 webinars to educate and empower education advocates to engage in the E-Rate reform discussion. (http://inacol.org)

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  • iNACOL 2013-07-25 E-Rate 101: Basics for Education Advocates

    1. 1. www.inacol.org E-Rate 101: Basics for Education Advocates Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL Lisa Hone, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC Jon Bernstein, Co-Chair, EdLINC John Bailey, Executive Director, Digital Learning Now July 25, 2013
    2. 2. www.inacol.org Welcome & Introductions Susan Patrick President & CEO, iNACOL
    3. 3. Susan Patrick President and CEO, iNACOL John Bailey Executive Director, Digital Learning Now! Jon Bernstein Co-Chair, EdLINC Coalition Lisa Hone Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission Panelists
    4. 4. About iNACOL • Premier K-12 nonprofit in online learning dedicated to an important student-centric mission: that all students have access to a world-class education and quality online and blended learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. • Leadership, advocacy, research, training, and networking with experts in K-12 online learning. – 4400+ members in K-12 online and blended learning in over 50 countries – Annual conference – iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium: Orlando, FL in October 28-30, 2013 • Our strategic areas of focus in online and blended learning: 1. Policy 2. Quality 3. New Learning Models
    5. 5. Overview • Goal: Empower education advocates to get involved in the E-rate discussion • Topics: – Program basics – Legislative and regulatory history – E-rate 2.0: what to watch for & how to get involved – Discussion with Lisa Hone of the FCC
    6. 6. www.inacol.org E-Rate Basics Susan Patrick President & CEO, iNACOL John Bailey Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!
    7. 7. Where we are now • News Flash: FCC launches update of E- Rate 7/19/2013 • E-Rate Established in 1996 Telecom Act – E-Rate providing discounts on telecommunications services/Internet access and connections to libraries and schools. – Schools apply for E-Rate Funding USAC
    8. 8. USF • E-rate is one of four Universal Service Fund (USF) programs • Administered by the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) • USF is funded not out of general tax revenues but from a contribution fee system imposed on certain telecommunications carriers.
    9. 9. What E-rate Funds • Provide more than $2 billion in annual discounts to help schools and libraries obtain telecommunications and Internet access. • Discounts range from 20 to 90%. • Schools and libraries can apply on their own or in consortia.
    10. 10. Eligible Services & Prioritization • Priority 1 (funded first) – Telecommunications Services – Telecommunications – Internet Access • Priority 2 (funding cap- not fully funded) – Internal Connections (eligible products) – Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections (repair and upkeep of eligible products)
    11. 11. Application Process Source: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09253.pdf
    12. 12. Digital Learning Now! Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign under the Foundation for Excellence in Education with the goal of advancing state policies that will create a high-quality digital learning environment to better equip all students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in this 21st-century economy. • Advocacy: Building the broad public and political will needed to support policy change in legislation, regulation, and other policy levers to support digital learning. • State Capacity Building: Assisting states in developing digital learning strategies for approving online courses or schools, defining quality criteria, developing funding structures, or providing flexibility to allow room for innovation with new school models. • Collaboration: Leveraging the work of other thought leaders and organizations. • Thought Leadership: Using white papers, convenings, and other resources, we seek to help make digital learning issues more aligned to the education reform community. Annual Summit bringing together 800 state leaders, innovators, and education reformers. Oct. 17-18 in Boston
    13. 13. • Questions?
    14. 14. www.inacol.org Historical context on FCC regulation and E-Rate Jon Bernstein Co-Chair, EdLINC Coalition http://www.edlinc.org President Bernstein Strategy Group
    15. 15. EdLiNC • Most major k-12 public and private education associations + ALA belong • Established to pass the E-Rate prior to Telecom Act of 1996 • Has participated in every E-Rate rulemaking since 1996 • Goal: preserve and protect the E-Rate
    16. 16. History of E-Rate • From Telecom Act 1996 to today • Key Issues: – Program Goals – Priorities – Applications for discounts – Role of providers – Matrix of services and emerging technologies – Advocates and constituencies involved
    17. 17. E-Rate Issues of Yore… • Sound a lot like its issues today – Funding • 1998: EdLiNC report indicates 15% of P2 applicants turned away • 2000: $1.14 billion for internal connections/no P2 below 80% • 2012: $543 million for internal connections/no P2 below 90% • 2013: Possibly no money for P2 – Goals • 1998-Today: Public school classroom connection rates • 2005: EdLiNC proposes measures based on speed • 2013: Obama/Rosenworcel propose broadband goals • Education-related goals opposed by EdLiNC as contrary to statute and program’s mission
    18. 18. Same as it ever was – Waste, Fraud and Abuse Protections • Early Program Problems: Puerto Rico, Chicago, Atlanta, Ysleta • USAC Protections: – Audits, – Site visits – Whistleblower hotline – Prosecution agreement w/DOJ – Debarment – HATS visits – Federal Gift Rules – Structure • Discount matrix adjustments • Per pupil caps – Application Process Streamlining • 1997: one napkin • 1998: dozens of paper forms • 2013: online applications • EdLiNC supports multi-year applications for P1 services
    19. 19. Song remains the same – Appeals Backlog • Program Year 2011: over 1,800 appeals to USAC, about 3 months to resolve appeals – Increasing/reducing services • Voice • Leasing dark fiber – 1998-2003: eligible – 2004-2010: ineligible pending ruling on FCC power to regulate dark fiber – 2011- : eligible
    20. 20. Questions?
    21. 21. www.inacol.org E-rate 2.0 John Bailey Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!
    22. 22. E-rate 2.0 • New demands for broadband – PARCC/SBAC and other online assessments – Digital learning – Blended and Online learning • Program Effectiveness – Can it be strengthened? – Can the process be simplified and streamlined? – What should the program support, for whom, and for how much?
    23. 23. E-rate 2.0 Source: Funds for Learning
    24. 24. Opportunity to Update E-Rate • FCC voted unanimously on Friday to move forward with NPRM to reform the E-rate. • NPRM spells out three goals for modernization: 1. Increased Broadband Capacity; 2. Cost-Effective Purchasing 3. Streamlined Program Administration FCC Vote Comments Due Reply Comments Final Rule Sept 16July 12 Oct 16
    25. 25. Increased Broadband Capacity • Simplifying rules on fiber deployment to lower barriers to new construction • Prioritizing funding for new fiber deployments that will drive higher speeds and long-term efficiency • Phasing out support for services like paging and directory assistance • Ensuring that schools and libraries can access funding for modern high-speed Wi-Fi networks in classrooms and library buildings • Allocating funding on a simplified, per-student basis
    26. 26. Cost Effective Purchasing • Increasing consortium purchasing to drive down prices • Creating other bulk buying opportunities and increasing pricing transparency • Increasing transparency on how E-rate dollars are spent • Improving the competitive bidding process • Creating a pilot program to incentivize and test more cost-effective purchasing practices
    27. 27. Streamlined Program Administration • Speeding review of E-rate applications • Providing a streamlined electronic filing system and requiring electronic filing of all documents • Increasing the transparency of USAC’s processes • Simplifying the eligible services list and adopting more efficient ways to disburse E-rate funds • Streamlining the E-rate appeals process
    28. 28. Other Issues • The applicability of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to devices brought into schools and libraries, and to devices provided by schools and libraries for at-home use • Adjusting to changes to the National School Lunch Program that affect E-rate • Additional measures for protecting the program from waste, fraud and abuse • Wireless community hotspots
    29. 29. www.inacol.org FCC & E-Rate: NPRM & Process Lisa Hone Deputy Division Chief Telecommunications Access Policy Division Wireline Competition Bureau Federal Communications Commission
    30. 30. www.inacol.org Q&A Please submit your questions in the chat box
    31. 31. Resources – USAC Schools & Libraries Program (E-Rate Administrator) http://www.usac.org/sl/ – iNACOL http://www.inacol.org – Digital Learning Now! http://www.digitallearningnow.com/
    32. 32. www.inacol.org Thank you! Follow up questions about this webinar? Contact: Maria Worthen Vice President for Federal & State Policy, iNACOL mworthen@inacol.org Register now for the next e-Rate Webinar “e-Rate 2.0” on Tues. August 6 at 4 EST: http://bit.ly/19kGyEy

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