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eRate 2.0 Finalized

The finalization of the new eRate 2.0 was established just two weeks ago and our goal is to help you prepare for your coming school year’s budget and determine if you plan on using this funding for Wi-Fi at your school.  Below are a couple of very important.

Category One

 Recently I was told by one of our client that a service provider told them that by changing to VoIP voice services, they could continue to receive existing discounts in the coming cycles.  If that is true, I haven’t found a work around.  Everything I’ve read and conversations with state eRate coordinators continues to support the original dockets.

Here also is the page that supplies all eRate Modernization Orders and Relevant News Briefs… if you need some midnight reading.  The point being, voice services are being phased out and below is a matrix showing at what discount and Funding Year you should expect to no longer received voice service discounts.

Voice Matrix

 

Some schools are proactive is trying to see voice service discounts return.  If this is something you would like to express your opinion on, I recommend you contact your governor’s office as well as your state representative.

 

 

Category Two – Available for any school!

 

In a recent phone call and/or email you were supplied the formula below to determine just how much funding would be available to your school in FY2015 for Wi-Fi installation or expansion.  It is important to note that C2 funding is still matching funds for your project, i.e. the funding available will only pay for your discount percentage of your project.

 

New Matrix

A school in Bradenton, Florida with a 50% discount had 569 students.   Therefore, they can receive $42,675.00 to be used for Wi-Fi after July 15, 2015.  It can either be used in that cycle or spread over the next 5 years (cycles).

$150 X Discount X number of Students =

$150 X 50% X 569 = $42,675.00

ERate will pay up to $42,675.00 on a $85,350.00 project, i.e. 50% of the project.

 

 

Below is a new chart showing how discounts are applied for the coming cycles under C1 and C2.

 

 

 

GOOD NEWS… The writing of a Technology Plan meeting USAC requirements and that plan being approved by a USAC Tech Plan approver is no longer needed.

In previous years, a tech plan and TPAL was required for both P1 internet and any P2 funding… no more!

 

 

REMEMBER…

  • Nothing can be contracted until we give you a date which will possibly be late March
  • Nothing can actually be install until after the funding cycle begins (July 1, 2014)

 

 

CTI’s New Service – Grant Writing

eRate & Grants

We here at CTI are very excited to introduce our first addition to services in the past ten years.  CTI first began in 1998 as a true consulting (not partnered with any providers) corporation in choosing the right technology and cost analysis.  Our goal has always stayed the same, offering technology evaluation and identifying the best ROI.  In 2004, we added eRate Services which quickly became our most popular services and since, we’ve have seen millions of dollars be awarded to our K-12 clients.

Over the past ten years, on several occasions, I’ve been asked if we assist or are aware of other funding opportunities that schools could take advantage of.  After much research and evaluation, CTI is now offering grant writing service.  Our goal is always to offer the best service possible while following a high ethical principal of service.  We now have experienced certified grant writers as part of our platform to file for all types of grants, whether they be foundation, state or federal.  We are presently offering an extremely cost efficient package on foundational grants that is seeing a higher than normal approval rating.  If this is something you would like to investigate, please contact Dan Burns danb@ctierate.com or Toll Free 866-858-1100.