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Stretch Your IT Budget with E-rate (2019 Update!)

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E-rate, or the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, originated from the 1996 Telecom Act. Basically, the goal of the Act was for all Americans to have access to communication services. As a result, telecommunication companies pay a fee based on their revenue to the Universal Service Fund (USF) [created by the FCC and governed by the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC)]. This money is distributed to schools and libraries in part as a discount to the cost of Internet service. The E-rate Modernization Order (FCC 14-99), switched the focus of assistance from voice and Internet to primarily Internet. Beginning this year, only Internet and Internet related services are eligible for E-rate discounts.

Discounts range from 20%-90% and are based on the number of students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) as well as the school’s urban and rural status. The services covered fall into two categories:

  • Category One services
    • Data Transmission Services
    • Internet Access
  • Category Two Services
    • Internal Connections
    • Managed Internal Broadband Services
    • Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections

Get the Full Details – E-Tip Vol 29 Stretch Your IT Budget with E-Rate