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E-Rate Made Easy

A Webinar Series For Education Technology Leaders

Prepare for the pending E-Rate application season, from the logistics and requirements of submission and eligibility to how to optimize spending, with this webinar series.

   

  

As COVID relief funding sunsets next September 2024, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) annual E-Rate program will become increasingly important for schools and libraries seeking to refresh and maintain their technology stack.  

To help education leaders prepare for the pending E-Rate application season, UDT—in partnership with eSchool News and E-Rate Provider Services—will present a webinar series covering all things E-Rate, from the logistics and requirements of submission and eligibility to how to optimize spending. 


Beyond E-Rate: How To Fortify Your Infrastructure with Cybersecurity (Alternative Funding Sources + Free Resources)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm (ET)

Cybersecurity breaches are on the rise for K12. In fact, nearly 50 school districts have been hit by ransomware attacks in 2023 so far, surpassing 2022 numbers. While the E-Rate Program has been instrumental in providing funding for critical technology infrastructure and services, there remains a notable void in its coverage—cybersecurity funding. Attend this webinar to learn how best to protect your E-Rate eligible equipment and services, then walk away with alternative funding sources and free resources to support your school district's security posture.

In this session, we'll cover:

·        Top cybersecurity threats to K12 with examples
·        Current limitations in E-Rate coverage
·        Potential impact of recent FCC proposal to include cybersecurity funding in E-Rate
·        Alternative funding sources for K12 security infrastructure and services and how to optimize for your school district
·        Free resources for security awareness and training, including Student Cybersecurity Curriculum


Speakers:

George Fernandez
VP, Managed Solutions at UDT 

Mike Sanchez
CISO & SVP Cybersecurity Solutions at UDT

Peter Kaplan
Fortinet SLED Capture Director

Mike Lauer
Fortinet SLED Capture Director


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Bob RichterBob Richter has broad and deep experience with the E-Rate Program from both the applicant and service provider perspectives. From 1996-2003, he was the Executive Director for Technical Services of the Hartford Public School System in Hartford, CT, and had direct responsibility for all Universal Services Fund activity. The E-rate applications he submitted achieved over $35,000,000 in federal funding for the school district and city libraries. From 2004-2009, he was the National E-Rate Program Executive for the IBM Corporation, supporting IBM teams and clients in the K-12 education industry in the east coast of the United States, and left to open his own consulting company, E-Rate Provider Services. He served as a founding director for the E-rate Service Providers Association (ESPA) and is currently a member of the E-rate Management Professionals Association (E-MPA), having just completed a term as the Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee.

George_Fernandez2George Fernandez is the Vice President of Managed Solutions at UDT, a leading technology enabler that helps clients in major industries evaluate, architect, secure and manage technology on premises, in mobile and in the cloud. George has accumulated over 25 years of experience leading the design, development and implementation of high-performance technology and information security and infrastructure solutions and strategies. He has a strong record of success in managing robust IT High Reliable Organizations (HRO) and a proven ability to bring the benefits of IT and IS to solve business issues. As the Vice President of Managed Solutions, George specializes in processes, procedures, solution building, pricing, budgeting, and presentation of technology solutions. Leading the pre-sales and managed solution productization efforts and teams for the Managed IT as a Service division of UDT, his focus is on customer needs and satisfaction.

Kevin HoganIn addition to serving as Content Director for eSchool News, Kevin Hogan is an acclaimed writer, editor, and commentator covering the intersection of society and technology, especially education technology. As a media executive with more than 25 years experience building brands and audiences online, in print, and face to face, Kevin has a strong history of developing successful content distribution models including web sites, electronic newsletters, custom publishing projects, webinars, events agendas, and more, as well as creating and nurturing readership communities.

No time to view the recording? No worries.

Get the most out of the funding and resources available through E-Rate and beyond.

This guide—a culmination of the highlights from our recent webinar—will share insights from UDT presenters Mike Sanchez, CISO & CP of Cybersecurity Solutions, and George Fernandez, VP of Managed Solutions, along with our expert partners from Fortinet, SLED Capture Directors Mike Lauer and Peter Kaplan. Here's what you'll gain:

  • Top cybersecurity challenges facing K12
  • How to fortify cybersecurity with (and without) E-Rate
  • How MIBS helps schools reduce risk
  • Non-E-Rate recurring cybersecurity funding opportunities
  • Navigating cybersecurity (available resources and support services)

Download our free guide now and optimize your E-Rate to enhance your security posture!

Unlock Funding for Your Schools: How to Leverage the E-Rate Program

You can never be too organized when it comes to E-Rate—and it all starts by creating an effective technology roadmap to follow throughout the funding cycle. Attend this webinar to learn about important updates to the E-Rate program from the E-Rate experts at UDT and come away with clearly defined steps for accessing and leveraging E-Rate funding for your schools.

In this session, we’ll cover the following:

·        A brief program history
·        Definition of Managed Internal Broadband Services (MIBS) and how you can leverage E-Rate to tap this resource
·        Your options for obtaining equipment and services with E-Rate
·        The differences between MIBS and basic maintenance
·        How to navigate a possible future under the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)


Speakers:

Bob Richter
President, E-Rate Provider Services 

George Fernandez
VP, Managed Solutions at UDT

Moderator – Kevin Hogan
Content Director, eSchool News 


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Bob RichterBob Richter has broad and deep experience with the E-Rate Program from both the applicant and service provider perspectives. From 1996-2003, he was the Executive Director for Technical Services of the Hartford Public School System in Hartford, CT, and had direct responsibility for all Universal Services Fund activity. The E-rate applications he submitted achieved over $35,000,000 in federal funding for the school district and city libraries. From 2004-2009, he was the National E-Rate Program Executive for the IBM Corporation, supporting IBM teams and clients in the K-12 education industry in the east coast of the United States, and left to open his own consulting company, E-Rate Provider Services. He served as a founding director for the E-rate Service Providers Association (ESPA) and is currently a member of the E-rate Management Professionals Association (E-MPA), having just completed a term as the Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee.

George_Fernandez2George Fernandez is the Vice President of Managed Solutions at UDT, a leading technology enabler that helps clients in major industries evaluate, architect, secure and manage technology on premises, in mobile and in the cloud. George has accumulated over 25 years of experience leading the design, development and implementation of high-performance technology and information security and infrastructure solutions and strategies. He has a strong record of success in managing robust IT High Reliable Organizations (HRO) and a proven ability to bring the benefits of IT and IS to solve business issues. As the Vice President of Managed Solutions, George specializes in processes, procedures, solution building, pricing, budgeting, and presentation of technology solutions. Leading the pre-sales and managed solution productization efforts and teams for the Managed IT as a Service division of UDT, his focus is on customer needs and satisfaction.

Kevin HoganIn addition to serving as Content Director for eSchool News, Kevin Hogan is an acclaimed writer, editor, and commentator covering the intersection of society and technology, especially education technology. As a media executive with more than 25 years experience building brands and audiences online, in print, and face to face, Kevin has a strong history of developing successful content distribution models including web sites, electronic newsletters, custom publishing projects, webinars, events agendas, and more, as well as creating and nurturing readership communities.

No time to view the recording? No worries.

Get instant insights with our comprehensive guide.

This guide—a culmination of the highlights from our recent webinar—will share insights from presenters Bob Richter, President of E-Rate Provider Services, and George Fernandez, VP of Managed Solutions at UDT. Here's what you'll gain:

  • A timeline of the E-Rate program history
  • A breakdown of the current E-Rate program structure
  • The differences between MIBS and BMIC with affordances and limitations
  • Three methods for acquiring your equipment through E-Rate
  • A look at the potential future for E-Rate

Download our free guide now and optimize your E-Rate experience!

Registrants will benefit from special resources following each part of this series,
including complementary guides and a summative report.

All webinars will include a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
Space is limited, so register now to save your spot. 

Accomplish More With UDT 

You want the E-Rate process to be easy—and
UDT knows
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Enjoy a stress-free process and optimize funding around your unique needs with UDT’s dedicated team of experts. With over a decade of experience delivering full-coverage technology and IT solutions to K12 districts around the nation, we at UDT pride ourselves on providing professionalism, ethics, reliability, accuracy, and discernment in helping clients optimize for E-Rate discounts.

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What You Get With UDT 

A Stress-Free E-Rate Experience. We take the grunt work off your plate, so you can focus on other priorities—like delivering top-notch learning experiences for your students. Our primary objective is to assist in helping you get the most out of the E-Rate process—including securing the maximum funding, optimizing it, and maintaining 100% compliance with program rules. 

The Latest E-Rate Expertise. UDT knows how to juggle the nuances associated with the E-Rate program, from application to audit. We keep everyone on our team—including our experts, consultants, and even our account billing department—trained on the latest in E-Rate to guarantee compliance with program rules and ensure the process remains seamless for you. 

Full-Coverage E-Rate Delivery Capabilities. Our state-of-the-art configuration center is equipped with all that is required to order, stage, asset track, install, and manage all E-Rate-eligible equipment. UDT also provides solutions across Lifecycle Management, Cybersecurity, Managed Services, and IT Modernization, ensuring full-coverage for your unique needs. 

 

Logistical Support and Guidance. When we say we will handle all things E-Rate, we mean it. UDT can manage all paperwork associated with the E-Rate payment and reimbursement process; prepare and file appeals; track every FCC decision affecting the program and provide guidance; monitor and catalog all appeals and audit decisions issued by the FCC; monitor all Specific Learning Disability (SLD) board meetings and public communications; and communicate regularly with federal and state education officials, FCC and congressional staff, and other members of the technology and education community. 

A Reputation You Can Count On. UDT has supported K12 with world-class technology and IT services since 1995. We currently serve 7 of the 10 largest K12 school districts in the nation. We currently rank as the #8 Category 2 provider nationwide. We're also pleased to be expanding services in Category 1.

Contact UDT today to learn more about how we can help you get the most out of E-Rate.
Click the button, call (800) 882-9919 or visit udtonline.com.
 

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