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$5 Billion in E-Rate Funding for Wi-Fi in Schools

by Paige Looney on August 17, 2015

The FCC is taking steps to modernize E-rate for Wi-Fi in schools. Recognizing that students and teachers are more dependent than ever on personal mobile devices, the FCC is moving to promote and fund ubiquitous Wi-Fi in schools and libraries. Teachers and students need a robust Wi-Fi network that will deliver all of the multimedia instruction and programming required for the future.

Until 2015, schools did not have E-rate funding for building robust Wi-Fi networks. The result was low-budget, poorly-designed, and poorly-implemented Wi-Fi networks in many schools. This left the teachers and students with a poor experience and missed learning opportunities. With the E-rate funding and emphasis on designing and installing robust, mission-critical networks, schools have the opportunity to fully engage their students with mobile technologies. Here are some of the details for WiFi E-rate funding. 
  •  $2.5-$3.0B in funding is allocated through July 2017 for Wi-Fi in schools.
  •  Actual spend will be higher, as schools get reimbursed only 20-90% of what they spend on Wi-Fi.
  •  30-40% is expected to go to access points. Wi-Fi enclosures and mounting solutions are approved.
  •  Funding doesn't start until July 2015, with many schools not expected to get funding until the end of the year.
Oberon's 104X series Wi-Fi access point enclosures and mounting solutions are designed specifically for K-12 budgets and applications. 

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I) Model 1044-CCOAP shown with Cisco AP (not included)   II) Exploded View

These products install like recess lighting, secure the access point in the ceiling or the wall, and provide an aesthetic, professional appearance. Oberon has a solution for every building type, ceiling type, and vendor's access points. 
  • 1040-XX series (Coming Soon!)
    • Designed for cloud ceiling panels and suspended ceilings
  • 1042-XX series
    • Installation Kit for existing hard ceilings and walls (old construction) 
  • 1043-XX series
    • Installation Kit for hard ceilings and walls (new construction) 
  • 1044-XX series
    • Economical Installation Kit for suspended ceilings 
  • 1047-XX series (Coming Soon!)
    • Economical 2' x 2' Ceiling Tile Enclosure for suspended ceilings

Please read the article on Installing Wi-Fi in a Campus Environment by Oberon President Scott D. Thompson, published in the July/August issue of ICT Today:

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For more information about Oberon's secure infrastructure solutions for wireless networks, to learn more about which of their solutions would best fit your space, or for any other inquires, please contact your local Accu-Tech representative.

Topics: Education market Education Oberon WAPs

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