Search
  • Ashley McGough

Aruba Partnership for Comprehensive E-rate Technology Solution


Successfully embracing the USAC E-rate program can be a daunting undertaking for any school or library administrations. Achieving maximum program outcome, while navigating the many idiosyncrasies, requires a focused dedication that is often hard to come by for many resource strained districts. As the program evolves, it presents challenges to administrators just to keep up with changing rules, shifting timelines, and categorical updates for acceptable technologies.


VoDaVi Technologies (VoDaVi) is an 11-year veteran technology solutions provider and Managed Services Provider (MSP), with certified expertise in E-rate program facilitation. With over a decade of focused technology consulting and solution delivery experience, integrity remains the No. 1 motivation in aligning relationships between VoDaVi K12 customers and solution manufacturers like Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Aruba has along-standing E-rate program participation, delivering enhanced K-12 educational solutions to ensure the fundamentals of learning are achieved through technology adoption.

Primary Education security is “Top of Mind” at VoDaVi and Aruba… and the E-rate program has made provisions to reinforce identity, security, compliance, and “use policies” that protect student and faculty sensitive data, like social security numbers, HIPAA records, and other sensitive information from being accessed. Aruba Network solutions align directly with the measures to enforce security and compliance policies through automatic encryption, quarantine, and blocking certain transactions based on several factors.


Managing year-to-year K-12 IT challenges is a tireless task… coupling need with available funds and allowable E-rate solutions can be a huge challenge. Choosing the right technologies (Aruba) and right technology solutions provider (VoDaVi) is a game changer in mitigating IT support challenges.

Aruba’s K-12 vision is designed to enable IT operations, orchestrated with VoDaVi’s comprehensive MSP and solution life-cycle support simplifies E-rate program delivery while providing robust management allowing school districts and libraries alike to support all phases of network operations from planning, provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Choosing the right technologies (Aruba) and right technology solutions provider VoDaVi is a game changer in IT operations enabling proactive IT management and facilitation vs. reactive trouble-shooting and issue “firefighting”.


E-rate has established provisions to reinforce K-12 Cyber Security identity, compliance, and “use policies” that protect student and faculty sensitive data, like social security numbers, HIPAA records, and other sensitive information from being accessed. Aruba Network solutions align directly with the measures to enforce security and compliance policies through automatic encryption, quarantine, and blocking certain transactions based on several mitigating factors.


Effective FY 2021

  • The FCC will reset all applicant Category Two budgets and begin a five year fixed budget cycle which will end in FY 2025

  • The FCC will adopt a district wide and library system-wide budget calculations

  • For small and rural schools, the budget floor will increase from $9,500 to $25,000

  • Districts will calculate their Category Two budgets $167(inflation-adjusted) per student from FY 2021-2025

  • Libraries will calculate their Category Two budget at $4.50 per square foot for both urban and rural libraries

  • FCC will base student counts on full-time enrollment only


Tis’ the E-rate Season… Aruba and VoDaVi together enable proactive human capital enrichment to students and faculty alike using real-time dynamic solutions to accelerate learning, mitigating risk, and reinforcing solution investments.


“Always There!” When faced with your next technology vulnerability, it’s helpful to know that VoDaVi will have your back. We mitigate risk!


"VoDaVi is comprised of IT pros who specialize in K-12 education and municipality needs. Our team has over a decade of experience working with education customers, helping schools and libraries modernize their learning environments with the latest technology and tools.."

- Amy Friel, President and CEO

6 views0 comments