1) E-rate Category 1
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program. E-rate Category 1 helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain high-speed Internet access and telecommunications at affordable rates. AT&T, Spectrum and Verizon FIOS are examples of companies that provide internet access.
2) E-Rate Category 2
This program consists of the internal connections equipment or services necessary to bring internet service into, and provide it throughout, schools and libraries.
This would include the wiring, switches & access points (i.e., wireless capability) which make-up your school network.
3) Funds for Learning (FFL)
Funds For Learning (FFL) helps schools and libraries navigate the E-rate process, reducing the burden, increasing success and documenting compliance. The Archdiocese has hired them to help all of the schools with their E-rate Category 1 & 2 paperwork.
Schools can contact them directly for E-rate Category 1 help. If you would like to contact FFL, here is the info:
Verlyne Jolley, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
The Archdiocese uses FFL to help with the E-rate Category 2 Consortium projects.
Has anyone noticed it already November? Time often goes by fast, but I can truly say, this year has gone by very fast. Everyone at the Catholic Communication Collaboration (what C3 actually stands for) have been working hard trying get the devices out to all the participants of our programs: PCL Connect, Sisters Connect, Clergy Connect and of course the C3 IGNITE Program. As the programs mature, the processes get a little easier each time we go out to a location.
One thing I have noticed in my short time here as the C3 Project Manager, is how simple but important a role communication plays in both our work and home lives. The funny thing, is not matter how important it is, many people choose not to communicate at all. This mystifies me simply because we are in the age where communication is easier than it has ever been. With email, text and dozens of forms of social media, a simple "Hi" or acknowledgment is often difficult to get from people.
We all need to realize the power of how we communicate once we realize whether we do or do not respond to people. By not responding to someone, either in person or to an email, says a lot about a person. Lack of eye contact carries the same weight as not responding to an email or text, someone is disinterested or has not time. I know how I feel when someone does not respond to a text I send, so I try to respond as best I can when someone send a text to me.
Since my position requires me to communicate all the time and on a regular basis with numerous people, I can see how important how and even when I respond. A simple "thank you" to an email from someone responding to a previous email goes a long way. I have even found sending a simple "Hi" or "Hello" gets a great response from people I have not been in contact with for extended periods of time. Any way we look at it, communication is very valuable today and most people seem to take for granted.
NOTE: I did not write this post so that you would respond to my email, call or text when I reach out to you and I know how busy you are, but of course it would be a nice you did.