#eRate Giveth and eRate Taketh Away

Many are celebrating┬áthe eRate Modernization Order. It’s great that funds are being focused on wireless and switching infrastructure, but one needs to remember that this is a 0 sum game – if money goes one way, it’s got to come from another place. A lot of money used to fund other things in our schools is gone or disappearing. Maybe that’s good, but but me down as one person skeptical on how this first round of funding is going to go down. Billions have been put behind these changes. All are encouraged to put in for Category 2 internal connections, but I think the non-traditional Priority 2 schools and libraries will still be left out in the cold. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t have a lot of hope that these changes are going to help my organization all that much. We could use some new switches, but I want to be sure that the best use of our 5-year cap on funding for internal connections. I’m not 100% sure that’s the best route yet.

Let me be clear – I hope I’m wrong – but I think there is a lack of skepticism with these changes and it looks like I’m looking to fill that void.

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