ERIC Number: ED415854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Everything You Always Wanted To Know about E-Rate (But Were Afraid To Ask).
3Com Corp., Santa Clara, CA.
The Universal Service Fund, or E-rate, is a landmark funding measure that will change forever the role of technology in K-12 education. The fund allows eligible schools and libraries to purchase networking equipment, telecommunication services, internal connections, and Internet access at substantial discounts. Accompanied by the 3Com E-rate Reference Disk and Internet references, this workbook is designed to be a complete resource, with all the information and references educators and administrators need to apply for funding through the federal $2.25 billion Universal Service Fund. The workbook contains the following sections: (1) E-rate Background; (2) Steps To Apply for E-rate Funding; (3) Completing E-rate Applications; (4) School Connectivity Options; and (5) Electronic Resources. The accompanying computer disk contains application and instruction forms, example of a good technology plan, guide to creating a technology plan and conducting a technology inventory, database to determine if a school is urban or rural for purposes of calculating the E-rate discount, database of state departments of education, and the Schools and Libraries Corporation's summary of the Universal Service Fund and procedures for obtaining support. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Information, Educational Technology, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Grants, Internet, Library Funding, Public Libraries, Secondary Schools, Technology Integration, Telecommunications
Electronic version of reference disk: http://www.3com.com/erate
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Telecommunications Act 1996