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.
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. 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.
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.
11 in. Recessed Wall and Hard-Lid Ceiling Existing Construction Installation Kit for Wi-Fi Access Points / Cisco 2600, 2700, 3500, 3600, & 3700 Series AP Trim / Spring Attached
11 in. Recessed Wall and Hard-Lid Ceiling New Construction Installation Kit for Wi-Fi Access Points / Cisco 2600, 2700, 3500, 3600, & 3700 Series AP Trim / Spring Attached