USAC Revamps E-Rate; All Districts Eligible for WiFi Funds

GREAT news if you’re a K-12 school district or library!  On July 23, the FCC re-energized the E-rate program, infusing $1 Billion in 2015, and $1 Billion in 2016 to modernize classrooms with WiFi.  All districts are eligible for Internal Connections [WiFi, switches] to help students prepare to compete in the global economy.  While you may not have every received funding in the past, now ALL districts are qualified to receive funding! Districts at 20%, 40% and 70% ARE finally eligible for vital E-rate funds to modernize their networks.

Here’s an article from the Washington Post with details about how, “The FCC is overhauling how it subsidizes WiFi for schools and libraries“.  In addition, more details on the revamped plan can be found on our partner, Extreme Networks’ site here.

Funding Allocation Formula for School Districts

(Enrollment) x $150 x (discount %) = total amount $ available for 5 yr period.

Example—5,000 (Student enrollment) X $150 X 70% (Discount Rate) = $525,000 for
2015-2019. Not per year, but total E-Rate support available for this school district.

We fully understand how daunting the E-Rate program can be and you probably have many questions.  No worries, that’s why we’re hosting a lunch-and-learn session to share more details and answer your questions.  Details regarding the upcoming session and registration form are to the right.  Registration is free but required as we will be serving lunch.

We look forward to seeing you at this informative event.  In the mean time, if you have any questions or would like more information, please call Stephanie Tillman at 314-436-6282, ext. 249 or email us at info@corenetworksllc.com.

Upcoming Events

October 21, 2014 – Impacts of 802.11ac

802.11ac is the next generation IEEE standard in wireless and is up to 3x faster than 802.11n.  “AC” offers higher performance, reduced interference, and higher speeds, which will deliver the speed, capacity, and reliability you need to support the increasing demands of today’s business-critical applications. This session will go into more details about 802.11ac, its benefits, and why you should be moving to 802.11ac now.

More details and registration will be sent closer to the event date.

December 10, 2014 – Network Visibility

IT networks are moving from a mere necessity to being a strategic differentiation.  Network intelligence, automation, and integration of your management software can enable your IT organization to optimize the efficiency of network operations and reduce total cost of ownership.  Tools such as Extreme Networks’ NetSight provide centralized visibility and granular control of enterprise network resources end to end. In addition, Purview enables the mining of network-based business events and strategic information that helps business leaders make faster and more effective decisions. This session will delve into how to turn your network into a powerful, strategic business asset; while gaining critical control and reducing TCO.

More details and registration will be sent closer to the event date.

Previous Events

March 13, 2014 – The Power of Collaboration with Vala Afshar of Extreme Networks

Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) delivered a powerful presentation on The Power of Collaboration to a packed house at Washington University.  Click here for a video recap and Vala’s full presentation can be accessed here on SlideShare.



Free Lunch-and-Learn Event

E-Rate Update: Bringing Wireless to All Districts & Digital Citizenship Programs

Come learn what you need to know about the sweeping changes coming to the E-Rate program. In addition, we’ll talk about “Digital citizenship” programs, which focus on the safe and appropriate use of technology by students, and why they have never been more important to your district!

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Drunken Fish Restaurant, Westport Location
639 Westport Plaza Drive
St Louis, MO 63146
(Map & Directions)

Speaker: Jean Mickelson, Education Specialist, Extreme Networks

This is a vendor-agnostic meeting


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