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E-Rate Funding & CIPA

What is CIPA & What is E-Rate Funding for Schools?

CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act ) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns around access to offensive content on the Internet on school and library computers. 

CIPA imposes certain requirements on any school or library receiving E-Rate funding for Internet access or internal connections. E-Rate funding makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules for CIPA compliance and Congress enacted additional protections for children using the Internet.

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How Schools Can Take Advantage of E-Rate Discounts

Massively reduce your  I.T costs on services like content filtering.

If your school or library wants to take advantage of E-rate discounts for services other than telephony, you need to ensure that your organization is fully compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act or CIPA.  While conforming to compliancy guidelines can sometimes be daunting you'll be happy to learn that CIPA compliance is fairly simple and straightforward.    To help you access your compliance we have created a simple checklist concerning the CIPA compliances that your school or library will be directly responsible for.

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

The History of CIPA

It was almost twenty years ago when The Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) came to fruition.  The necessity for CIPA became apparent during the 1990’s as the availability and integration of the Internet grew rapidly.  As Internet was not available to all citizens at that time due to location or cost, libraries served as a logical provider of Internet access to the community.  It did not take long however for the concept of unintended consequences to emerge.  While the Internet provided a near unlimited store of valuable information, it also contained an expansive aggregate of pornography as well.

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

The Pros and Cons of the Children’s Internet Protection Act

The Children’s Internet Security Act has been in existence for roughly fourteen years now, but the dispute over web filtering in libraries and schools is still bantered back and forth between advocates on both sides of the debate.  Giving all children access to the Internet computing was a rallying cry throughout the 1990s.  President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were strong supporters of getting schools wired to the Internet.  They and others had a vision of a new world of mouse clicking and web surfing that would put unlimited informational resources in the hands of all children.  Technology was to be the great equalizer, providing equal access to global information for everyone regardless of his or her social class and economic upbringings.

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

What is E-Rate Funding

The common term used in place of the Schools and Libraries Program. The E-rate Program provides discounts to schools and libraries for eligible products and services. E-rate is a federally funded stream designed to make telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries.  E-rate is funded by the Universal Service Fund, which dates back to 1934.

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

E-Rate - Funding Application Process

E-Rate can provide essential funding for services and infrastructure that would normally be unobtainable for some educational organizations.  

The Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, was created to provide discounts to eligible schools and libraries for telecom services, internet access and internal network infrastructure.  The program is funded through the Universal Service Fund and is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).

The potential success that E-Rate can provide can require considerable time and effort of applicants.  For so many organizations though, the hard work is more than worth it in the end. We’ve broken down the  E-Rate process into six logical successive steps. 

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

E-Rate Funding ToolKit

If you are new to the whole E-Rate funding process you will find this toolbox very useful. It's a one stop shop for all the information and advice you need to submit an application for E-Rate Funding.

It includes a training video that shows you how to create a user account for the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) account and application management portal for the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program.  You will use this tool to manage your projects, receive notifications and contact customer service.  

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

Eligibility for E-Rate Funding

To be eligible for E-rate funding, schools must demonstrate they have measures in place to prevent children from accessing mature or dangerous content and from having personal data stolen, in compliance with CIPA regulations. Solutions such as the WebTitan webfilter can bring your IT infrastructure up to CIPA requirements with powerful web filtering inluding real-time updates to help identify and block the latest threats.

This includes over 550 million end users and growing-and is the primary in-house source for threat corpora used to train
human-supervised Machine Learning systems. This combined and integrative approach empowers us to continuously enhance,
optimize, and fine-tune our malicious detection capabilities in an ever-changing threat landscape.

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TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA
TitanHQ E-Rate Funding & CIPA

You can trial all of our security solutions for free - our trials include all product features and are fully supported.

Older solutions are often configured to block website content solely based on URL. With more and more students using their own devices on the school Wi-Fi, this is no longer enough.  WebTitan Wi-Fi ensures Wi-Fi traffic is filtered,  protecting children and students from unsuitable material

  • Sign up for WebTitan, free for 30 days. We will send you an email with the login details for your fully supported, unlimited access.  

  • Test the product in your  own environment. You can end the trial at any point.  Our experienced sales engineers are on hand to ensure you get the most out of your free trial period.

  • Make it real. If you’re happy after the trial period, just purchase a license and you're all set. No re-installation, no changes to be made. Simply continue to get the same great protection and service.

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