Complete Category 1: E-rate Form 470/RFP Tips & Best Practices

If you are exploring your fiber options or considering an upgrade this year, then this webinar is for you. E-rate and fiber industry guru, Joe Freddoso joins EducationSuperHighway experts, to help you navigate the E-rate Category 1 procurement process and show you how to:

– Create best practices on E-rate bidding forms (Form 470 and RFP)
– Avoid common E-rate pitfalls
– Take advantage of new E-rate fiber options

Presenter Information:
JOE FREDDOSO
Chief Operating Officer at Mighty River
Joe Freddoso provided Category 1 technical assistance to over 1500 E-rate applicants over a three-year period (2014-17) while working with USAC. From 2007-14, Joe was President and CEO of MCNC which provides Transport and Internet Access services to all North Carolina Public Schools. Joe led a three-year effort to build 1800 linear miles of new fiber-optic infrastructure throughout rural NC while at MCNC.

AARTI BHATNAGAR
Program Manager
Aarti leads EducationSuperHighway’s district consulting programs. She has helped hundreds of school districts upgrade their broadband connectivity. She has designed programs and resources that ensure districts get scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and the robust internal networks they need to support digital learning.

JOSH CHISOM
E-rate Specialist Program Manager
As a former E-rate consultant and Site Reviewer/Trainer for the E-rate program, and with over twenty years of experience in K-12 and higher education, Josh is passionate about upgrading school district networks and is a true expert when it comes to everything E-rate.

This event is available as part of The Broadband for Montana Schools Program, a partnership between the Governor’s Office, Office of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, SAM, MREA, and EducationSuperHighway. As a non-profit, EducationSuperHighway offers all resources and support at no cost to the state and schools.

E-rate Category 2 Masterclass #3: Bid Evaluation Best Practices

In the final webinar of our E-rate Category 2 Masterclass series our team of experts will share tips and best practices to run successful procurement and get the best solution for your internal network upgrade. These E-rate Category 2 funds are only guaranteed through 2019, so this free session will recap everything you need to apply for your available budget and use those funds to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. You will also learn how to:

– Evaluate your bids and avoid potential pitfalls
– Drive buy-in amongst district leadership
– Use best practices when filing your E-rate form 471

Presenter Information:

AARTI BHATNAGAR
Program Manager
Aarti leads EducationSuperHighway’s district consulting programs. She has helped hundreds of school districts upgrade their broadband connectivity. She has designed programs and resources that ensure districts get scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and the robust internal networks they need to support digital learning.

JOSH CHISOM
E-rate Specialist Program Manager
As a former E-rate consultant and Site Reviewer/Trainer for the E-rate program, and with over twenty years of experience in K-12 and higher education, Josh is passionate about upgrading school district networks and is a true expert when it comes to everything E-rate.

COREE KELLY
Network Consultant/Engineer
Prior to working at EducationSuperHighway, Coree was a technology director for a K-12 school district in Sheridan, WY, for 10 years. There, he successfully implemented fiber connections between every school resulting in a successful district-wide 1:1 initiative. His specialty and certifications are in LAN/WAN network administration, but he has had experience in several different technical areas such as network engineering, and technology support.

This event is available as part of The Broadband for Montana Schools Program, a partnership between the Governor’s Office, Office of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, SAM, MREA, and EducationSuperHighway. As a non-profit, EducationSuperHighway offers all resources and support at no cost to the state and schools.

E-rate Category 2 Masterclass #1: Optimize Your Internal Network Upgrade

As part of E-rate modernization, the FCC made $150 per student of funding for internal connection upgrades available for 5 years, but as we enter the final year America’s schools have billions of dollars left to spend. This funding is only guaranteed through FY2019, so in this free webinar we’ll show you how to apply for and make best use of your remaining Category 2 budget. You’ll also learn:

– How the $150 per student E-rate Category 2 funding model works
– What equipment and services are eligible for funding
– Key steps in the E-rate timeline and how to apply

Presenter information:
AARTI BHATNAGAR
Program Manager
Aarti leads EducationSuperHighway’s district consulting programs. She has helped hundreds of school districts upgrade their broadband connectivity. She has designed programs and resources that ensure districts get scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and the robust internal networks they need to support digital learning.

BRIAN SHIH
Senior Network Consultant
Brian has over 15 years of experience designing, building, operating and troubleshooting networks of all sizes in various parts of the world. Brian helps school districts with their technical issues. He makes sure that districts have access to the resources and tools necessary for them to optimally run their networks.

COREE KELLY
Network Consultant/Engineer
Prior to working at EducationSuperHighway, Coree was a technology director for a K-12 school district in Sheridan, WY, for 10 years. There, he successfully implemented fiber connections between every school resulting in a successful district-wide 1:1 initiative. His specialty and certifications are in LAN/WAN network administration, but he has had experience in several different technical areas such as network engineering, and technology support.

This event is available as part of The Broadband for Montana Schools Program, a partnership between the Governor’s Office, Office of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, SAM, MREA, and EducationSuperHighway. As a non-profit, EducationSuperHighway offers all resources and support at no cost to the state and schools.

4 Ways to Get More Bandwidth for Your Budget

Does your school district have enough bandwidth to support growing technology needs in your classrooms? Our team will explain how we can support your district in upgrading to robust bandwidth today and ensure scalability for future classroom needs. Whether you need better connectivity but lack the funds necessary to obtain it or are looking to strengthen your provider options, this step-by-step guide to getting sufficient and reliable bandwidth, will help you:

– Fund your upgrade this E-rate cycle
– Compare your broadband deal with neighboring districts with our Compare & Connect K-12 tool
– Forecast your bandwidth needs with tips and best practices
– Run a successful procurement with our free resources

Presenter Info:
AARTI BHATNAGAR
Program Manager
Aarti leads EducationSuperHighway’s district consulting programs. She has helped hundreds of school districts upgrade their broadband connectivity. She has designed programs and resources that ensure districts get scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and the robust internal networks they need to support digital learning.

BRAD WEIGER
Consulting Manager
Brad has 12 years experience in management and technology consulting, and partners with school districts to upgrade their network and ensure they are set up for digital learning success now and in the future.

This event is available as part of The Broadband for Montana Schools Program, a partnership between the Governor’s Office, Office of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, SAM, MREA, and EducationSuperHighway. As a non-profit, EducationSuperHighway offers all resources and support at no cost to the state and schools.