E-Rate for Digital Learning
Filing for E-Rate? Ruckus Can Help
The E-rate program has been expanded to make significant improvements to in-building broadband infrastructure at US-based primary education schools. BUT THIS IS THE FINAL YEAR OF E-RATE MODERNIZATION. Are you leaving money to improve your broadband infrastructure on the table? Don’t miss the opportunity to boost your school’s digital learning capacity.
Ruckus resellers are specially trained on E-Rate and how best to help you navigate the process, and identify the best solutions for your school, library or district given your budget and IT resource level.
Learn more by reading our 2019 E-Rate FAQ
How Does The E-Rate Application Process Work?
Once you decide what you’d like to do with your E-Rate funds, file Form 470 to begin the bidding process for your proposed project. Vendors then have 28 days to bid on it. Once you choose a bid, file Form 471. After a review period, you will receive a Funding Commitment Decision Letter, after which your chosen vendor or service provider can start deploying services. The process takes 4–8 months from the time you file Form 471.
Why Should I Apply This Year?
2019 is the last year of E-Rate in its current form. Without an extension, the program will revert to its pre-2015 rules—and funds set aside for your school may disappear. Remember: E-Rate is basically a tax that constituents in your district have been paying for many years as part of their phone bills. If you don’t use those funds that have already been collected, all that effort and money goes to waste. Worse, if you put off updating your school’s digital connectivity, you may have to pull funding from other important priorities later. Bottom line: funds that can benefit your students are there for the asking, and it’s time to “use them or lose them.”
Why Ruckus For My School?
As your school continues its digital transformation to 1:1 mobile learning, Ruckus helps you address the top three challenges of school IT: network scaling, securing student data privacy, and network reliability for digital instruction. Our goal is to help you provide a safe and reliable learning environment at an affordable price.
Ruckus was tested and independently verified as the only vendor able to deliver stall-free video to 60 devices at once, both with and without data loading at the same time. No other vendor came close. Testing was conducted with the Ruckus R610 using Chromebooks, uncached streaming video and conducted in a classroom setting.
Need more convincing? See for yourself in this ‘behind the scenes’ video, or download a copy of the Divergent Dynamics report. Still need more convincing? Check out these customer success stories at schools like yours.
Which Ruckus Products For My Project?
In order to provide you the best solution for your mobile learning project, you might wish to look at our offerings to address the Top 3 IT priorities:
Swan River School
Cloud Wi-Fi and Ruckus APs Enable Rural School to Move Ahead with Digital Learning
Dublin Unified School District
District Replaces Underperforming Network To Realize Bold Educational Vision
Walker County School District
Georgia. 9,200 students. Switches and Wi-Fi. Supporting BYOD with network refresh.
Forest Hills Public School District
Michigan. 10,000 students. 1:1 Chromebooks needed more than 30 devices per AP.
Belleville School District
Illinois. 4,700 students. Replaced Ubiquiti with Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi.
Minooka Intermediate School
Illinois. 4,500 students. Replaced complex Aironet with simple Ruckus Cloud Wi-Fi.
San Leandro Unified School District
California. 8,800 students. Scalable wired network for investment protection.
Victor Central School District
Victor, NY. 4,500 students. Replaces Aruba with Ruckus W-Fi for 1:1 learning and secure onboarding.
Kentucky Christian Academy
Louiville, KY. 3,000 students. Wi-Fi elevates the classroom experience for reliable digital learning.
Louisville, KY. 3,000 students. High capacity wired and wireless networks power 1:1 learning.