E-rate Newsflash - September 25, 2015

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  Friday, September 25, 2015

Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant 2.0 (BIIG) Deadline Nearing

In an effort to further support educational technology, the state budget has allocated an additional $50 million (AB 93) to help schools with inadequate bandwidth upgrade their current connection to the Internet.  This opportunity will be handled through a grant application process and will be distributed by the K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE).

The 2015–16 Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) application window will close on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 

To participate in the BIIG 2.0 application or to learn more about this opportunity, visit the K12HSN’s BIIG 2.0 Web page at http://www.k12hsn.org/grants/biig2/.

Special Webinar:  Invoicing for E-rate Services — the Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement process

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., a brief webinar is being provided by the K12HSN to review the process of filing the Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) form for the 2014–15 funding year. The training will cover:

1.    What a BEAR form is.

2.    Establish which Funding Request Numbers (FRNs) should have an associated BEAR form.

3.    How to complete the BEAR form.

4.    How to file the BEAR form.

The deadline to file the BEAR form is October 28, 2015.