[NHDOE-ETNews] IMPORTANT REQUEST for District Tech Directors re: eRate and Tech Plans

Higgins, Cathy CHiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Thu Sep 30 13:58:28 EDT 2010

This message is directed primarily to District Technology

As you recall, we have a small group of district representatives working
towards establishing a K-12 Schools Connectivity Consortium. One of the
steps in this process is for the NHDOE to file an eRate form 470 on
behalf of the consortium of schools, requesting the services of a
managed service provider (see definition within the RFP). The 470 will
be posted today, along with a Request for Proposals for Services.
Additional information about all of this is posted at
http://nheon.org/oet/erate (look for the consortium link).

We need your help. Regardless of whether you feel your district will
participate directly in this consortium, there are many districts with
very limited technology department staff that could benefit greatly from
a consortium purchasing approach. Please complete the 8 questions on the
School eRate Survey here
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REMINDER: All districts that apply for eRate discounts beyond plain old
telephone service discounts are required to have a current and approved
technology plan. In order to participate in the K12 consortium, your
district must have a DRAFT technology plan that exists in your district.
Please note you do not have to send it to the NHDOE at this point. The
final plan must be submitted to the NHDOE and approved prior to the date
when the eRate requested services begin. Here is some light reading:

eRate Survey URL:

eRate Tech Plan Guidance:

NH Tech Plan Guide: http://www.nheon.org/oet/tpguide/ 

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important effort to
reduce Internet connectivity costs while increasing the level of
connectivity to all schools.


Cathy Higgins, Ed.D.
State Educational Technology Director
Office of Educational Technology
New Hampshire Department of Education
Email: chiggins at ed.state.nh.us
Phone: 603.271.2453
Web: http://www.nheon.org/oet/ and

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