The Role of Designated Schools
The Educational Broadband Service is the regulatory regime under which Clarendon Foundation is licensed to transmit educational programming to accredited institutions. Clarendon Foundation provides free service to public, private and parochial educational institutions. We make an effort to serve private and parochial schools and colleges, which often do have access to free Internet from local cable or DSL operators.
Unlike many government programs, the Receive Site is not required to submit any written reports or keep any records of its usage. While the FCC has oversight of the EBS licensee, and can conduct an audit to verify that it is meeting its regulatory responsibilities, there is no government oversight of the Receive Site’s use of the free broadband access service.
How are Receive Site Schools and Colleges Selected
Clarendon Foundation usually attempts to locate private and parochial educational institutions in a market, since most public schools already receive free Internet access services from local cable television providers (as required by a franchise agreement with the local government) or telephone companies (as provided by the Universal Service Fund).
Local schools can be located using Internet search engines, particularly the Home Town Locator or the National Center for Educational Statistics. Next a determination is made as to which school buildings are in the market coverage area for the wireless broadband network.
Initial contact is made by telephone to find a contact person, to verify that the educational institutions is accredited, and to exchange website information. This is followed up with a packet of materials, conference calls, and/or personal visits. If the institution accepts Clarendon's invitation, it signs a letter of intended use.
When the wireless broadband network has been constructed and is operational, arrangements are made to connect the institution.
Eligibility to Serve as an EBS Receive Site
The FCC requires an EBS Licensee (such as Clarendon Foundation) to maintain this letter in its files as documentation that it is fulfilling its regulatory responsibilities to provide free broadband services to accredited educational institutions. (By signing the letter, you are NOT assuming any legal or financial obligations.)
If at any time an institution wishes to discontinue serving as a Receive Site, simply send a letter to Clarendon Foundation, and we will arrange for the pick up of any free equipment that you were provided with.
If it already has Internet access, why would an institution want another service?
No Legal or Financial Obligations
There are no software programs to install on users’ computers (except drivers for some computers). The network is compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh-based operating systems. No system configuration is needed.
You can connect the WiMAX modem into an existing local area network (LAN). The free access provided to Receive Sites can be integrated into any existing networks, and it can serve as a backup source of connectivity to the Internet.
Depending upon the size of the institution, a Receive Site may receive multiple modems. Further information
Receive Sites will NOT be charged a monthly subscriber fee for Internet access. Clarendon Foundation assumes all responsibility for lost or damaged equipment.
Note: There are a few “add-on” options, such as Clearwire’s Security Suite ($4.99 per month) or a static IP address from Xanadoo ($4.99 per month), that you can elect to receive, and would be responsible for payment. Note also that Clarendon provides free modems only. It does not provide free computers.