During the first four days of the FY2017 filing window, 636 applicants, representing schools, libraries, and consortia in nearly every state and territory, submitted E-rate funding applications totaling almost $25 million. The following map illustrates the location and relative funding request amounts of these early filers.
This first round represents many more applicants, and slightly more funding, than was submitted during the opening four days of the FY2016 filing window. (94 applicants submitted $23.3 million in requests at the beginning of last year.)
 
In 2016, there were 24,096, applicants who submitted requests totaling more than $3.6 billion. A similar number of applicants are expected to participate again this year, with more applications submitted near the deadline, which this year is May 11, 2017.