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388 applications have been submitted so far during USAC’s “soft launch” of its EPC Form 471 application tool. USAC has been diligently gathering feedback from early filers, actively reaching out and engaging schools and libraries for their reaction to the new...02/12/2016
FCC Seeks USF Support
On February 9, 2016, President Obama submitted his overall budget request to Congress which included the FY 2017 FCC budget request. The FCC will be asking Congress for authority to transfer $9.5 million from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to cover costs related to...02/12/2016
The Telecomm Act Post
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Telecomm Act, the measure that created the E-rate program. This act helps deliver high speed Internet access to more than 51.9 million students in approximately 120,000 school and 10,000 library sites across the...02/08/2016
Three Facts about the Filing Window
The FY2016 E-rate filing window is officially open. As I approach what is likely to be a challenging season, I find it useful to reflect upon these three facts: Supports Essential Services. Internet access is not a luxury. Our schools and libraries must have...02/05/2016
E-rate Bids Slow and Steady
The pace of Form 470s has proven to be remarkably steady this filing season. Applicants continue to submit requests for bids at a consistent clip, albeit at a slower and more tedious pace than in prior funding years. Currently, the forms are being...02/05/2016

What is the E-rate?

The E-rate supports K-12 students and library patrons in the United States. The program provides discounts up to 90% on goods and services essential for classrooms and libraries to receive voice, video, and data communications.

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