Is your school counting on money from the eRate this year? Now you can keep up with the goings-on at the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the outfit responsible for administering the $2.5-billion program, through this latest online resource. The site is a collection of training presentations intended to help school leaders and service providers understand the many facets of the complex telecommunications program. Current topics include general updates and new initiatives, invoicing, technology planning, Form 470 changes, competitive bidding, program compliance, service provider perspectives, Form 471 changes, eligible services, Program Integrity Assurance updates, audits, invoicing, appeals, and commitment adjustments. Each audio segment is recorded by an SLD staff member and is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation intended to help explain the selected topic. The presentations are provided through the SLD’s WebEx site. Though the service is free, it requires registration. Using the site as a gateway, visitors also can log in to live training sessions and hear their questions addressed by SLD staff members in real time. If not already installed, users will need to download a WebEx player to participate in the sessions. Instructions for getting started are available on the site, along with a schedule of upcoming presentations.
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