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

The FCC is taking steps to modernize E-rate and, in July 2014, ordered an additional $2 Billion over the next two years for Wi-Fi build-out in schools, beginning in 2015, followed by $1 Billion a year for three years.

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. They 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 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.

Oberon’s ceiling enclosures and secure mounting solutions are designed for Aruba Networks, Cisco, Meru, Meraki, Aerohive, Ruckus and other leading access points used in schools.  Here is one popular choice for educational facilities:

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