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E-Rate Presentation for Danbury ISD

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  1. 1. Schools and Libraries programof the Universal Service Fund
  2. 2.  What does e-Rate mean for Danbury ISD schools? E-Rate Timeline E-Rate Summary
  3. 3.  How does E-Rate help Danbury ISD schools?
  4. 4.  Form 470 (services sought)  Post between May and early January for the following school year (exact dates vary – refer to SLD Web site) Form 471 (services ordered) - During filing “Window” – typically from early November until early February Form 486 (services have begun) - Between July 1 of new funding year and deadline Form 472/BEAR – It’s your choice how often you wish to file the form for reimbursement by check
  5. 5.  A government program Provides about $2.25 billion annually to schools and libraries Makes telecommunications and Internet access more affordable Focus is grades K-12 Program provides reimbursements of up to 90% of eligible products/services
  6. 6.  A funding year generally matches the school year – running from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the next year Key players  FCC (Federal Communications Commission) provides direction  USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company) administers the Universal Service Fund  SLD (Schools & Libraries Division) administers the E-rate program
  7. 7.  Categories for Funding  Telecommunications  Internet Access  Internal Connections  Basic Maintenance on Internal Connections • Telecommunications and Internet Access are Priority 1 Services, meaning they’re funded first • Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance on Internal Connections are Priority 2 Services, funded after Priority 1
  8. 8.  View ew-program.aspx Call: USAC General Inquiries 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036 ▪ Phone: (202) 776-0200 Fax: (202) 776-0080