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We promote and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning through PD programming, policy development, the administration of state and federal funding, and strategic planning.

This site serves as a landing page for Educational technology resources to support the districts in Connecticut.

Universal Services Administrative Company

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the administrator of universal service. USAC works to protect the integrity of universal service through informing and educating program audiences, collecting and distributing contributions, and promoting program compliance.

                             About USAC
                             USAC Reference Area
                             E-Rate Productivity Center
                             Eligible Services Framework
                             Apply Online
                             FCC E-Rate Program 

The FCC E-Rate Program is the nation's largest educational technology program, connecting schools and libraries to broadband internet services. The FCC began updating the program in 2010, and recently passed an E-Rate Modernization Order that seeks to modernize the program to focus on these three goals:

                            Increased connectivity to high capacity broadband
                            Increased purchasing power through bulk buying, bidding improvements,and consortia
                            Streamlining to increase transparency.

                        FCC E-Rate Conference Call with Secretary DUncan, CHairman WHeeler, and FCC Team (18 December 2014)
                        FCC Official Summary of the Order
                        FCC Open Commission Meeting(11 December 2014)
FCC E-Rate Update
Fact Sheet: Update for E-Rate for Broadband in Schools and Libraries
Press Release: E-Rate Moderization Adopted To Bring WiFi to Every School and Library
E-Rate Modernization Order Summary of Changes
FCC's Jon Wilkins, Managing Director's Blog Post: Taking the Next Step in E-rate Modernization
FCC fact sheet and staff report on E-rate modernization
New York Times article F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools
SETDA Says Blog post: SETDA Applauds FCC Chairman Wheeler's Commitment to Addressing School Broadband Needs
Press Release: National Organizations Applaud FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Announcement to Increase Funding for E-Rate
New York Times endorsement: Faster Broadband for Schools and Libraries
SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action E-rate Modernization Resources
Resources for state and local leaders to help them achieve high-speed connectivity in their jurisdictions and to support the national goal of connecting every classroom and library in America to high-speed Internet.
Overview of E-Rate Modernization
WiFi Implementation Guidance
State Construction Matching Grant Overview
SETDA E-rate Resources
Common Sense Kids Action
State E-Rate Coordinators' Alliance
SECA comprises 98 individual members who provide statewide E-rate coordination activities in 46 states and 2 U.S. territories. Members are funded completely from state or local school budgets with no administrative funds coming from USF. Members are appointed by their respective state governments/department of education. SECA Membership does not include Service Providers.
SECA Website
Are There Any Program Requirements? 
Schools applying for e-rate are required to comply with the Childrens Internet Protection Act. In order to receive e-rate discounts for Internet Access and Internal Connections services, school authorities must certify that they are enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes measures to block or filter Internet access for both minors and adults to certain visual depictions.
Internet Safety 
Some resources for schools, teachres, parents, and students regarding safety online.
How to Protect Kids Privacy Online: A Guide for Teachers
FBI Parent's Guide to Internet Safety