The federal E-rate program has been a critical source of funding for public school districts for more than two decades, and the modernization of the program in 2014 has redoubled the focus on broadband and wireless access. However, changes to the program, as well as a new presidential administration, have complicated the landscape.
Large districts have dedicated personnel to manage E-rate. But in many other districts the task falls on technology directors and their staff, who often find the process challenging to navigate as there are both strategic and tactical steps districts must take to maximize their use of the program and its funding opportunities.
Here are three approaches to help your organization stay ahead.