[NHDOE-ETNews] NH K-12 E-Rate Information & Connectivity Consortium Update

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Thu Jun 10 17:08:13 EDT 2010

NH K-12 Schools E-Rate Information & Connectivity Consortium Update 
Sessions scheduled for July 14 and 15 - register now!

About this session: In the spring of 2008, an ad hoc group of NH
educators, with the assistance of the New Hampshire Department of
Education, began exploring the possibility of forming a purchasing
consortium. A number of K-12 schools expressed interest in forming the
"NH K-12 Schools Connectivity Consortium" to provide group buying power.
This would be primarily for a high speed data and voice network for
schools throughout the state of NH, enabling the possibility of a
managed service provider solution that would also be able to offer much
needed technical assistance to schools with limited technical resources.
Information on the current status of this effort and plans for the
future will be discussed. 
Part one of this session begins with a 30 minute overview of the eRate
process, including the purpose of the federal eRate program, as well as
review of program timelines and required forms. This is suitable for
those new to eRate and those who would like a refresher on the basic
program process.

Part two of this workshop will provide information on the definition of
a "managed service provider" solution and the roles and responsibilities
inherent in providing "managed services" to a statewide consortium.
There will be time to discuss benefits to NH schools in seeking a
managed services approach that would be beyond current practice of
purchasing connectivity without managed services on a
district-by-district basis. To provide context to the discussion, we
have invited a representative from ENA, a managed service provider, to
discuss their approach to this work in other states and how a consortium
approach might benefit New Hampshire districts. We will also cover
updates on CIPA and community usage of E-Rate funded services.  This
segment is suitable for those who have been working with eRate and are
interested in learning more about the managed service provider model. 

Please feel free to attend one or both parts. One registration will
suffice for both parts. 

Session 1: Wednesday, July 14th      
NCES, North Country Education Services, Gorham
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Soda/ cookies provided
Directions and Registration information at http://www.ncedservices.org/

Session 2: Thursday, July 15th 
CACES, Capitol Area Center for Education Support, Penacook 
8:30 AM coffee & muffins 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM session
Directions and Registration information at http://www.caces.org/

Session 3: Thursday, July 15th 
GMPDC Greater Manchester Professional Development Center, Manchester
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Soda/cookies provided
Directions and Registration information at http://www.gmpdc.org/

Although these presentations are free, it is important to register by
Friday, July 9th using the links provided above.

Dr. Cathy Higgins, State Educational Technology Director
Office of Educational Technology
NH Department of Education
101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301
Voice: 603-271-2453 *** Fax: 603-271-1953 
OET Website: www.nheon.org/oet
ETNews Listserv: http://maillist2.nh.gov/mailman/listinfo/nhdoe-etnews

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