The Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) administers of the federal E-Rate program, funds internet access for Schools and Libraries across the nation. In 2015, the program was expanded to allow for funding of wireless access points, firewalls and switching (internal connections) that will enhance classroom learning and connections to the Internet. Schools across the country were encouraged to perform need assessments and then follow a bidding process that would allow bidders to respond to these requests.
Kimball Public Schools submitted a “needs assessment list” of technology goals in January to the E-Rate Program. When the applications were reviewed by USAC, the bids we submitted were approved. With this updated program, if the district acts now on the bids that were submitted, Kimball Public Schools will receive 60% funding by the federal program. The projects submitted included data connectivity to the new community education center, increased bandwidth between the two buildings, new network switches in both buildings, improved firewall services and wireless at the elementary,