At 12:23 PM -0400 7/25/02, Robert Paterson wrote:
>E-rate is a federal program for K-12 schools that subsidizes some
>technology costs, especially Internet connections. Has anyone ever heard
>of an analogous program for higher education?
I've never heard of a federal E-rate program for Higher Ed.
The E-rate's more formal name is "Universal Service Support for
Schools and Libraries". It provides discounts of from 20% to 90% on
the costs of telecommunication services, Internet access, and
internal connections (wiring, routers, switches, ..., but not
computers or software) for K-12 schools and libraries. I guess the
NSF Connections Program or other NSF programs might be viewed by some
as promoting similar goals for higher ed. Some states have their own
universal service programs and it is possible that some of those
might provide discounts for Higher Ed.
Higher Ed initially lobbied against the federal E-rate program, but
later backed away from its opposition when it became clear that
opposing a program which would benefit so many of the nation's
children wasn't something colleges and universities really wanted to
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