Presentation on theme: "E-RATE MODERNIZATION FOR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS OF ALABAMA A Brief Overview from Jerome Browning Education Coordinator – Education Information State E-rate."— Presentation transcript:
E-RATE MODERNIZATION FOR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS OF ALABAMA A Brief Overview from Jerome Browning Education Coordinator – Education Information State E-rate Coordinator (cell) 2014 Fall Conference SSA
FUNDING HISTORY $282,898,988.37
E-RATE MODERNIZATION ORDER THREE GOALS Ensuring affordable access to high-speed broadband sufficient to support digital learning in schools and robust connectivity for all libraries. Maximizing the cost-effectiveness of spending for E-rate supported purchases. Making the E-rate application process and other E-rate processes fast, simple, and efficient.
NEW CATEGORIES OF ELIGIBILITY Category 1 (Previously Priority 1) Data Transmission & Internet Access Voice services Phase Down applicable Removal of Eligibility (P1) status for certain services Web Hosting, , others.. Category 2 (Previously Priority 2) Broadband Internal Connection Components LAN and/or WLAN Managed Internal Broadband Services Basic Maintenance of Eligible Broadband Internal Connection Components. Modifications to previous Priority categories. -Subject to a new per school budget. -Maximum Discount 85%
BUDGET CONCERNS – CATEGORY 1
BUDGET CONCERNS – ALL CATEGORIES Discount Calculations All NSLP Eligible Students or Equivalent (CEP) in District Total Number of Students in District New Definitions of Urban/Rural Status, adopting the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) definitions of rural and urban. All Eligible School District Entities will use the same “ District-Wide Discount ” for all E-rate applications. for all E-rate applications. All Eligible School District Entities will use the same “ District-Wide Discount ” for all E-rate applications. for all E-rate applications.
PROJECTED DISTRICT- WIDE DISCOUNTS VS. FY2014 DISCOUNTS ESTIMATED VALUES ONLY By school
CATEGORY 1 SERVICES BUDGET SUMMARY POINTS Services no longer Eligible Services being Phased down District Wide Discounts Cost Allocations
BUDGET CONCERNS – CATEGORY 2 Five-year budget. Each eligible school shall be eligible for a budgeted amount of support for category two services over a five- year funding cycle. Excluding support for internal connections received prior to funding year 2015, each school shall be eligible for the total available budget less any support received for category two services in the prior four funding years. School budget. Each eligible school shall be eligible for support for category two services up to a pre-discount price of $150 per student over a five-year funding cycle. Applicants shall provide the student count per school, calculated at the time that the discount is calculated each funding year. New schools may estimate the number of students, but shall repay any support provided in excess of the maximum budget based on student enrollment the following funding year.
MAXIMIZING THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF SPENDING FOR E-RATE SUPPORTED PURCHASES. Increase Price Transparency Item 21 Information posted publically Consortium Participation Encouraged Lowest Corresponding Price clarified and enforced
MAKING THE E-RATE APPLICATION PROCESS AND OTHER E-RATE PROCESSES FAST, SIMPLE, AND EFFICIENT. Multi-Year Contracts – Multi-Year Form 471 Technology Plan Approval – Not Required (by the FCC) Contract Signing Requirement – Definition changed (by FCC) All Forms to be filed electronically/online. Others..
HOW WILL THE ALSDE SUPPORT THESE CHANGES? Continuation of the Alabama K-12 Joint Purchasing Program (ALJP) Direct Involvement with USAC, FCC and other national organizations LEA Training E-rate Boot Camp – All invited Other Training Events as needed – Web Conferencing & Face-to-Face Daily interaction & collaboration with LEA Staff, USAC, FCC and others Other services..
SEE YOU AT E-RATE BOOT CAMP!!! THANK YOU!! SEE YOU AT E-RATE BOOT CAMP!!! Jerome Browning Education Coordinator – Education Information State E-rate Coordinator (cell) 2014 Fall Conference SSA