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<p class="MsoNormal" style="border:none;padding:0in"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A">Today on the</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A"> ETNews Listserv<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#76923C">ITEM:&nbsp; </span>
</b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#E46C0A;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%">Free Tool for E-Rate Filing&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">This year, EducationSuperHighway, the not for profit organization that brought you the School Speed Test tool, is introducing a new
</span><a href="http://www.item21portal.org/?utm_source=S&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=item21"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Item 21 Entry Portal</span></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> to create your
<b>2014-15 Form 471 Item 21 attachments for E-Rate Filing</b>. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The data generated from the Portal will help ensure that all our schools have access to competitive, affordable prices for technology. By using the new
<b>Item 21 Entry Portal</b>, you will gain benchmark pricing information that can help you lower the cost of bandwidth to best meet the needs of your students and teachers.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Steps to create your Item 21 attachment using the new Item 21 Entry Portal:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Step 1:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Upon completing your district&#8217;s Form 471, visit
</span><a href="http://www.item21portal.org/?utm_source=S&amp;utm_medium=partner&amp;utm_campaign=item21"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">www.item21portal.org</span></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Step 2:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Create an account and manage FRNs for multiple Form 471s in one place<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Step 3:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Produce a clean PDF that is ready to submit to USAC<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Step 4:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"> Submit the PDF manually via email to USAC<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Use the Item 21 Entry Portal to create your district&#8217;s 2014-15 Priority 1 Item 21 Attachments.
</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">If you are not the correct contact for E-rate matters in your district, please forward this email to your district&#8217;s E-rate Coordinator.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#00B050">Item 21 Entry Portal<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">A free online tool for school district E-rate filing<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">School districts spend billions on Internet connections, yet still more than 70% of schools do not have the speeds they need for digital learning.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">Many states lack access to high-quality, real-time data on what school districts are actually purchasing and how much they are
 paying, which can lead to overspending. In fact, the average school district pays $25 per megabit of bandwidth per month, which is twelve times the $2 per megabit that the top 25% of districts pay.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">The new Item 21 Entry Portal will save administrative time and give states information they need to make well-informed technology decisions.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">The free, web-based Item 21 Entry Portal created by EducationSuperHighway provides E-rate applicants with a simple way to prepare
 their Form 471 Item 21 Priority 1 attachments while also automating pricing data collection for a state and national view of E-rate spending across categories.
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">User-centric features of the portal include the ability to:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">Encourage your districts to use the Item 21 Entry Portal and receive a customized and detailed state spending report.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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 area expansion<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">Work with EducationSuperHighway to receive a customized outreach packet to encourage districts in your state to use the Item 21 Entry Portal. If you have
 not already been in contact with<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">EducationSuperHighway, you can email
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0F243E">The FCC staff is excited about the quality of the data that could result from E-rate applicants using the
<b>Item 21 Entry Portal</b> for their upcoming filings and expressed that they intend to encourage applicants to seriously consider using the Item 21 Entry Portal for their Priority 1 submissions.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#984807;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#984807;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%">EducationSuperHighway is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission
 is to upgrade the Internet infrastructure in America&#8217;s K-12 schools. For more information, visit
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