The 2021 E-Rate Checklist

by | Dec 2, 2020 | Education, Funding, General

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For help planning your 2021 E-Rate Budget, download our short checklist.
In 5 minutes you’ll be better prepared to make strategic technology investments for your school.

As we’ve covered in a recent blog post, the next 5-year cycle of E-Rate funding is coming soon. Now’s the time to make the important decisions about where that money will be spent.  A high-functioning network and modern technology infrastructure are the backbone of modern education. Take a few minutes today to review this short checklist and see where you might need to prioritize your E-Rate budget. E-Rate is an incredible opportunity to make strategic investments that help you deliver the education your students deserve. Make the most of it!

Update or Install Critical IT Infrastructure

A modern IT network is built on solid intrasturcture. Servers, switches, Wi-Fi routers, and more. But these can be expensive, especially when you’re installing them for a whole school serving hundreds of students and dozens of teachers and administrative staff. Whether you need to install it for the first time or update outdated hardware, E-Rate provides an excellent opportunity to make these large capital investments without taking money out of your day-to-day operating budget.

The Device Explosion

A lasting effect of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic will be the prevalance of 1-to-1 computing. Education has been heading in that direction for the last two decades, but when school closures forced students to learn from home the slow trend shifted into warp speed. Schools will need modern cloud-based services and in-building infrastructure to support this new influx of devices and the shift in learning styles.

A New Strategic Plan

The last time anyone made a full 5-year E-Rate budget was 2014 so it’s time to brush off the dust and make some updates. Are there critical items you need today that merit spending the entire budget in 2021? Or are there smaller, incrimental updates you can make year-by-year, saving some budget for unforseen future needs? Our checklist will help you make those prioritizations.

Download the Checklist Today!

For help planning your 2021 E-Rate Budget, download our short checklist.
In 5 minutes you’ll be better prepared to make strategic technology investments for your school.

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