I filled out the survey but found it to be a sham. Didn't really deal
with the heart of the matter.
In line with Steve as far as needing the money. However, we do not
file for reimbursement but to have the amount deducted from our
bills. That way the money goes to do exactly what it was supposed to
do. No, we could not afford our Internet connection without it but.....
I have to wonder if Sigurd doesn't have a valid point in many cases.
Not only is there a lot of paperwork involved with filing for the
Erate per se see TECH PLAN that would not be required if not for Erate.
But case in point. We were denied funding for the Telephone portion
this past year and have been busy going through the steps for appeal
(denied amount was around $1000) We filed the appeal in May. In
September they dismissed it and kicked it over to the "Bishop Perry
Order" group. Late last month we got to start all over again with a
new person who didn't even know how phone costs were calculated
(local measured service?). Grrrr, between the amount of time we have
spent on this as well as the USAC I figure it was a loss. But I keep
plugging away even though I am not charging for the time. Not one to
let bureaucracy win until my last dying breath.
When it is all over I will file a complaint with the FCC. The process
is a nightmare, especially when all one is after is reimbursement for
telephone and Internet costs.
We buy all equipment within the budget. More efficient to do so.
As a post script. I would like to know exactly what it costs, in
dollars, for the entire state for ALL the man hours involved in
creating these tech plans every two years. And people wonder why
their education taxes are so high.
At 09:41 AM 2/23/2007, you wrote:
>Is anyone looking at the decrease in the value of the e-rate program
>due to all the red tape involved in filing the necessary paperwork?
>When I was working on it, I probably used up half (or more) of the
>value of what we got back in my time trying to get everything done
>right and at the proper time. What with that, and the administrative
>overhead in central coordination, it seems like an enormously
>inefficient way of distributing the collected funds.
>Townshend School District
>PO Box 226
>Townshend, VT 05353-0226