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Ha!

WE GOT IT!


After sixteen months of waiting, endless requests for documents, and at least one major crisis, we finally have our money. USAC (the arm of the Feds that runs the E-Rate program) posted wave 20 of Funding Year 2004-2005 today, and we're on it. Funded, in full! This is $6.4 million to fund phone service, Internet access, and over four million dollars worth of desperately needed technology upgrades. Below is all the detail I have now. We'll find out the real nitty-gritty over the week or so when our official notification letters arrive.

Service Address City Zip $ Amount Wave Discount (%)
INTERNAL CONNECTIONS 153 MARKET ST HARTFORD 06103 $4,442,217.43 20 88
INTERNAL CONNECTIONS 153 MARKET ST HARTFORD 06103 $716,328.25 20 89
TELCOMM SERVICES 153 MARKET ST HARTFORD 06103 $1,273,739.28 20 88
  $6,432,284.96  

Now, the real work begins. Since this is money to cover the current year (the one that started on July 1, 2004 and ends in 21 days) we first need to get reimbursed for all the money we've already paid people for services that are covered by E-Rate. Once that's done we need to turn that money around and use it to pay our 11% or 12% of the cost of the tech projects.

Because the reimbursals need to be squared away first, I really don't expect to be able to move on my projects until September or October, but alelujha what a relief to know that we're no longer staring at a huge budget hole and will, eventually, be flush with cash.

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kriz1818
Jun. 7th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yay!

And how d'ya do that fancy table stuff? -- Nevermind, just marveling at your abilities.
netcurmudgeon
Jun. 8th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
Tables in HTML are actually pretty straigt forward. Take a look here; this is the HTML for just the table. If you do a view > source (or save it to your PC and open it with a text editor such as NotePad) you'll see that the code starts and ends with <table> </table> tags, each row in the table is bounded <tr> </tr> tags, and each cell has <td> </td> tags. I do a couple complex things (cells that span several collums, colored background), but the structure is very direct. Thank you Tim Berners-Lee!
shesingsnow
Jun. 17th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
OUTstanding, drill sargeant!! Congratulations!!
netcurmudgeon
Jun. 18th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! We even have a plan on how to come up with our part of the total so that we can start using this $$. Hopefully by mid September we'll be working on the core network upgrade that we've been planning for the past three years.

Ya'know, when you've had something on the drawing board for three years, you have plenty of time to really think things through. My motto for this project has apparently become "this won't change anything, and it will change everything." ;-)
shesingsnow
Jun. 18th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
That last thing reminds me of: "The King is Dead. Long live the King!"
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