Equity of Access

Broadband AdvocacyWhat is E-rate?

The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Universal Service for Schools and Libraries Program (often referred to as E-rate) is one of four such Universal Service Fund (USF) programs. Funding for E-rate comes from USF fees collected by telecommunications providers. Known as a “discount” program, E-rate provides schools and libraries with subsidies on telecommunications and Internet access services based on their level of need. The discount can range between 20 and 90 percent and is based on the percentage of local students qualifying for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Schools and libraries can research their E-rate eligibility at http://www.usac.org/sl.

E-rate Overview Document
SETDA’s E-rate Special Interest Group (SIG) developed a two page document highlighting the E-rate program’s purpose and process. This is a reference guide for state leaders, district administrators and policy makers.


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