What Is E-Rate?
In this series, we lay out some fundamentals about E-rate 2017. Still have questions? Tweet @Aerohive with your question and we’ll do our best to answer. If you have questions about the 2017 deadlines, please see this post for detailed answers. First we cover the basics: What is E-rate?
- E-rate is a federal program of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).
- E-rate provides eligible K-12 public schools and libraries discounts of 20% to 90% on approved telecommunications, internet access, and internal connections costs.
- E-rate discounts are based on the number of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program.
- Schools: Individual school discounts are up to total pre-discount budget amount of $150 per student, over 5 years.
- Libraries: Individual library discounts are up to total pre-discount budget amount of $2.30 per square foot, over 5 years.
- Minimum: The minimum pre-discount budget (or floor) for either schools or libraries is $9,200 (with eligibility to request pre-discount support up to at least $9,200, over 5 years.)
- E-rate is an FCC program originally designed to help fund purchase of telecommunications services and technology in disadvantaged K-12 schools. When it was launched, the idea was to create competition among providers, thereby giving schools the opportunity to enter the age of interactive, individualized digital learning.
- The program is going into its 19th year of existence.
- It is funded by Cell, Cable, Broadband, & Internet bills.
- In late 2014, and in keeping with the goal to create digitally connected environments in education, the FCC expanded the entire E-rate program to narrow the focus to just two categories.
- Category 1-Broadband & Internet Access
- Category 2-Wi-Fi Infrastructure
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