Archive — Month: January 2017


Published: January 26th, 2017

USAC E-Rate News Brief: January 19, 2017

The following news brief was published as a USAC School and Libraries Program News Brief on January 17, 2017. USAC Schools and Libraries Program News Brief January 19, 2017 TIP OF THE WEEK: Applicants and service providers must submit invoices for FY2015 non-recurring services on or before January 30, 2017. If you need an extension, [Read more…]

Published: January 26th, 2017

Is E-rate a grant program? Are there yearly reporting requirements?

E-rate is not a grant. It is an annual application process for disbursement through the Universal Service Fund. There are no yearly reporting requirements. However, all services and equipment requested under the E-rate program must be utilized by the applicant to meet program requirements. All E-rate documentation must be kept for ten (10) years from the last [Read more…]

Published: January 26th, 2017

Do I need an approved technology plan?

No, not for FY 2015 and beyond. Beginning in YR 2015, the technology plan requirements for category two services are eliminated.  However, Districts should continue to submit via ALEAT their plans and have them approved in case of PIA audit / review. FY 2014 and earlier require an approved technology plan for category two (then [Read more…]

Published: January 26th, 2017

How do I determine my discount level?

Adopting District-wide Discount Rates The Order requires each school district to calculate and use a single district-wide discount rate rather than calculating and using building-by-building discount rates. All public schools and libraries within that public school district will receive the same discount rate. Independent charter schools, private schools, and other eligible educational facilities must calculate [Read more…]

Published: January 26th, 2017

What sorts of services are eligible for E-rate discounts?

Category One Services covers a percentage of Telecommunications Services, Telecommunications, and Internet Access Digital transmission services provide transmission from an eligible school or library facility to other locations beyond the school or library. Such services generally refer to data links that connect multiple points using any available technology. Lit or dark fiber, provided by any [Read more…]

Published: January 26th, 2017

What is the application process?

E-rate has an annual application process. In short, the E-rate year runs from July 1 – June 30. Each fall, applicants post a Form 470, followed by a 28-day competitive bidding period, then followed by a submission of Form 471 during the winter E-rate filing window, and a Form 486 after receiving a Funding Commitment [Read more…]

Published: January 26th, 2017

Who is eligible to apply for E-rate?

Public and most private non-profit k-12 schools, as well as all public and most private libraries are eligible for E-rate. For specific eligibility requirements, see USAC’s School and Library Eligibility web page.

Published: January 26th, 2017

Who is responsible for the E-rate program?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has regulatory authority over the program under the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The FCC has appointed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to administer the program. Within USAC, the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) manages the day-to-day operations of the program.

Published: January 26th, 2017

What is E-Rate?

The National Education Rate Program (“E-rate Program”) is part of the Universal Service Fund, as established by the 1996 Telecommunications Act. It provides discounts on telecommunications, Internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections to eligible entities that complete an annual application process.