What is E-Rate ?
How is E- Rate funded?
What states are currently funded by E- Rate?
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district technology plan.
What is the E- Rate technology plans
Who qualifies for the E- Rate technology
What are the long term goals of E- Rate?
The Schools and Libraries program, also called the "E-Rate program,"
makes telephone and Internet access service more affordable for
schools and libraries in America.
The program provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries
in the United States (and U.S. territories) to obtain affordable
telecommunications and Internet access.
E-Rate is administered by the Universal Service Administrative
Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications
Provides 2 million to schools and libraries each year.
The Schools and Libraries Universal Service support mechanism was
established as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 with the
express purpose of providing affordable access to
telecommunications services for all eligible schools and libraries,
particularly those in rural and economically disadvantaged areas.
How is it funded?
It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal
Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or
international telecommunications services.
Contributions from telecommunications companies provide
discounts of 20-90% on the cost of telecommunications, Internet
access, and network wiring within library and school buildings.
The discounts are paid directly to the companies that provide
libraries and schools with these services.
What states are currently being
funded by E- Rate?
Here are some states that have
received funding from E- rate.
State Number of
students ( in
Total funding for
two years ( in
Alabama 779 73
Arkansas 486 23.9
Delaware 128 2.4
Florida 2,520 119.5
Georgia 1,430 167.9
Kentucky 704 106.7
Louisiana 877 77.3
Introduction of the Port Neches
Groves ISD district technology
incorporate current tools of
participate in professional
technology-based information systems
when making district or campus
to ensure that technology
infrastructure is implemented and
future needs are accessible, within the
What is E- rate technology plans
To ensure that schools and libraries are
prepared to use the requested services
To make certain that students and
community members experience the real
benefits of the Universal Service
applicants must certify that their requests
are based on approved technology
Many schools and libraries are already
engaged in the development and
refinement of such plans.