GDS is Experienced with Erate!

Deadline Alert:  The Funding Year 2016 FCC Form 471 filing window is now open and will close on April 29, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM EDT.

Eligible Services List:  The Eligible Services List (ESL) for each funding year provides guidance on the eligibility of products and services under the Schools and Libraries Program.  Click here to download the 2016 Eligible Services List courtesy of GDS.

Not Familiar with Erate?:
E-Rate is the commonly used name for the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.

Beginning in Funding Year 2015, the ESL is organized into two sections and includes a miscellaneous section:

  • Category One - Data Transmission Services and Internet Access, and Voice Services
  • Category Two - Internal Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
  • Miscellaneous

Only eligible products or services that will be used for educational purposes can be considered for funding. The conditions for eligibility are described in the specific entries of the ESL for each funding year.  Click here to download the Erate Glossary courtesy of GDS.

As with all school campuses over the last decade, safety is a top priority for administrators. Using its expertise in physical security disciplines, GDS assessed our needs and network and provided an action plan to implement over 520 IP Video Surveillance Cameras at 16 Schools including NVR’s at each school. The project culminated in a head-end control system at the District office. The end result was a top tier set of solutions and a safer and more secure campus for the faculty and students.

Dr. Mable Moore, CIO Jefferson Parish Public Schools

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