Report: Network Security ‘Urgent Concern’ Requires E-rate Support
Network security in schools and libraries is both urgent and deserves funding through the federal E-rate program, according to the latest electronic rate trends report, released today by service and support company E-rate Apprenticeship Fund.
According to the latest survey, which included responses from 2,164 electronic tariff applicants, network security is a major concern. More than three-quarters (76%) said network security is urgent, and an overwhelming 97% said network security should be taken care of through E-rate.
E-rate is the FCC program, administered by the Universal service administration company, which supports schools and libraries with discounts of 20 to 80% on specific categories of technology. It is funded by the Universal service fund.
In February of this year, a number of organizations launched a campaign to have cybersecurity added to the funding categories covered by E-rate. Currently, E-rate covers telecommunications equipment and services, Internet access and “internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and basic internal connection maintenance”. A list of eligible services is available here.
Other survey results included:
95% of respondents agreed that the E-rate is an essential service for Internet connectivity;
97% said that “more students or library users are connected thanks to the E-rate program”;
Satisfaction with the administration of E-rate is on the rise, with only 9% of them expressing dissatisfaction with the way it is administered.
“This year’s Trend Report indicates that the E-rate program is strong and stable,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning, in a prepared statement. “As connectivity needs continue to evolve, the Trends Report tells a very important story about E-rate as a vital resource for schools and libraries. The past two school years have shown us that school communities depend on broadband access and network security. ”
David Nagel is Editorial Director of 1105 Media’s Education Technology Group and Editor-in-Chief of The newspaper and STEAM universe. A 29-year publishing veteran, Nagel has edited or contributed to dozens of technological, artistic and business publications.