Based on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the E-Rate program to provide schools and libraries affordable access to advanced telecommunications services. This program provides discounts ranging from 20% to 90% on telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections to eligible schools and libraries subject to a $2.25 billion annual cap.
In order to receive E-Rate discounts, schools and libraries must competitively bid all eligible services on the School and Library Division (SLD) website, and after a minimum of 28 days select the most cost effective proposal. E-Rate discounts are then requested by applying to the SLD. If approved, discounts are provided to schools and libraries via direct discounted bills or the reimbursement process after services have been provided.
Texas schools and libraries have received over $3 billion in discounts since the program began in 1998 and the program continues to support all schools and libraries throughout the United States.
Please review this site for information for schools in regards to program descriptions, training opportunities, unofficial funding data analysis, detailed guides, and much more.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Links
Schools and Libraries Program Links
Texas STaR Chart
Texas ePlan System
E-Rate Central (outside source)
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) (outside source)
ConnectED Initiative (outside source)
NPRM 13-100 on E-Rate 2.0
Comment date: September 16, 2013
Reply comment date: October 16, 2013
For additional information, contact:
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701