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E-rate Trends Report

Discover the Results

The purpose of the Trends Report is to provide stakeholders with a broader picture of the E-rate program. The data and information provided is derived from publicly available funding request data as well as a nationwide survey of applicants conducted annually.

October 7, 2020, Funds For Learning releases findings from its 10th annual E-rate Trends Report with a record-breaking 2,138 responses submitted by E-rate applicants.


E-rate fulfilling its mission. 95% of applicants agree that E-rate is vital to their Internet connectivity.

EdTech Landscape

Digital learning continues to explode. 89% expect bandwidth needs to increase in the next 3 years.

Impact on Purchasing

New policies yield lower prices. 72% agree bidding rules are lowering prices for Internet access services

Changes to ESL

Applicants need Network security/Management. 98% want the FCC to allow support for Cyber security.


Barriers to Internet still exist. 90% of applicants agree that insufficient Internet access is significant issue

Program Administration

New admin creating positive results. 55% of applicants agree the process is getting easier and faster.

Past E-rate Trends Reports

2019 Trends Report

2018 Trends Report

2017 Trends Report

2016 Trends Report

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