E-Rate: Modernize and Terrify
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
In July, the FCC published a modernization
order of changes to the E-Rate program, and it paints a new focus
for the program. The news
release explains the program’s revised shift to broaden Wi-Fi and
broadband access and gives the briefest mention of what they’re pulling
away from: voice services.
According to the full
document (PDF link), they will reduce voice support by 20% each
year instead of phasing out support immediately. It’s time for the
change, they say, because more money needs to be put toward broadband
and broadband is a higher priority than voice services. Also, increasing
availability and reliability of VoIP services (which offer voice
services through a broadband connection) makes independent telephonic
services less needed.
Did I just write “independent telephonic services”? Yes,
it gets complicated quickly. For administrators, this directly impacts
their library budgets, so knowing how these changes will apply to them
is no small matter. OPLIN has listed more details about the changes,
for a start.
If you’re preparing for E-Rate changes, come to a workshop. OPLIN
is providing several in-person
workshops across the state, including one
at SWON’s office in Cincinnati on November 3rd.
The Ohio Department of Education is offering a number of E-Rate
Workshops, in-person and online, as well. With lots of changes and
lots of workshops, make sure you get the help you need.
- Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
ALAO’s conference is coming
There’s just one more week to register for the 40th
annual Academic Library
Association of Ohio Conference, to be held November 14th. Read about
the keynote address by Courtney Young, ALA President, as you peruse the
Registration closes October 22nd, so consider registering today.
Hoopla, plus plus
Last week Nathan asked for help documents you’ve created for
Overdrive, to be shared on SWON’s website. We’re interested in more than
Overdrive, though. We’d like to see what you have for Hoopla, Freegal,
3M, OneClick Digital, Flipster, and whatever other vendors are providing
downloads for your patrons. We’re hoping that a look at the big picture
will help us frame the small stuff. To help, email email@example.com.