[K12OSN] New e-Rate guidelines

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 6 15:25:20 UTC 2005

I see that extending internet access is "eligible",
but providing file storage is not.  Likewise, there is
mention of elibible/ineligible software types. 
Basically, all end-user software looks to be
ineligible (except for internet and email software,
which is eligible).  

Since K12LTSP does everything (oh yes, it can do it
all!), you end up with a server that is providing a
mix of eligible and ineligible services.  Looks like
you can still get "partial credit" for this type of
server, but how would you guys suggest maximizing your
credit?  Build an application server that handles
firefox and email?

It just seems strange to me that you could get 100%
credit for a server that only handles internet and
email.  But if you go and install an "end-user
application" on that same server, your credit gets


--- Jim Kronebusch <jim at winonacotter.org> wrote:

> I receive a letter from eshoolnews here and there
> and this week noticed a
> section that notified some major changes for e-Rate
> funding.  A part I noticed
> and thought may be of interest here is new funding
> options for Terminal
> Servers.  In the past no server equipment at all was
> allowed to be purchased
> under e-Rate funding, but now you can get funding
> for servers as long as they
> are used as described in the below clip,
> "Clarifications also were provided this year with
> regard to the purchase of
> terminal servers. These servers, which traditionally
> are used to connect
> computers and other standalone devices to a school's
> local-area network, are
> eligible as long as the servers to which the
> discounts are being applied are
> used to provide internet access to computers or
> terminals that otherwise would
> not have internet access at the performance level
> desired."
> For those not familiar with e-Rate funding, schools
> can apply for discounts on
> services from the Federal Government through this
> program and receive up to a
> 90% discount on said services.  
> So you thought LTSP was a cheaper option before, now
> it can allow you to get
> your hardware funded!  This could be huge for the
> project, as long as this is
> known.
> Article:
> Jim Kronebusch
> Cotter Tech Department
> 507-453-5188
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