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Large School District Struggles to Obtain E-Rate Funds After Bid-Rigging Probe

Author(s): Dallas McPheeters (Colorado Mountain College, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 5
EISBN13: 9781466616714

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Abstract

E-Rate is a funding source established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on May 7, 1997. The purpose of the funding is to ensure Universal Telecommunications Service is available to public schools and libraries. Telecommunication services include voice, data, internet, and classroom learning solutions. Schools and libraries apply for E-Rate assistance when adding telecommunications infrastructure upgrades. If approved, applicants are required to follow and maintain strict accounting procedures and any red flags raised during the continual compliance assurance process can immediately stop funding until a resolution is found. The potential for a good deal of tension among education stakeholders exists when E-Rate funding is put on hold due to such audit questions. Such experiences are common as detailed in this case study.

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