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Over the past 16 months, the education sector has faced one of the most tumultuous times in recent history. Whether it’s K-12 or higher education institutions, private or public, there have been rapid shifts toward remote learning and hybrid learning to ensure a safe return to institutions. Each model has relied heavily on technology and connectivity, shining a bright light on broadband disparities and the growing digital divide. E-rate funding looks to narrow that divide and help educational institutions prepare for the “next normal.”

As educators and institutions look ahead, Cisco is offering an E-rate Partner Kickoff webinar to help partners navigate grant funding, eligibility, and to learn how to secure financing to enable digital transformation initiatives. Schools, libraries, campuses, and other educational institutions need the funding to power the robust technology infrastructure that will allow for learning anytime and anywhere with secure connectivity.

Date:      Thursday, July 15
Time:      3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
Format:  Webex by Cisco


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) program offers a consortium that allows eligible organizations to procure telecommunications and internet services to modernize their networks at a discounted rate. Established in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, E-rate offers the largest single source of EdTech funding for K-12 schools.

The funding is capped at just over $4.2B nationally, under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and is a discount program ranging from 20-90 percent depending on the institution’s qualifications. With a strong focus on secure LAN/WAN and Wi-Fi access, many of these services are designed to help schools and libraries pursue digital transformation efforts to close the digital divide.

To learn more about how partners can work with their education customers to enable the next level of learning, join the Cisco E-rate Partner Kick-Off event. Presenters will share insights into partner programs, public funding, updates on E-rate deadlines, and offer an inside look at pricing, incentives, and how to register deals.

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