E-Rate in Illinois
What is E-Rate?
Based on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the 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 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 and if discounts are approved, they are provided to schools and libraries via directly discounted bills, or reimbursement process after services have been provided.
E-Rate resources that can help you with tips for application, eligible services list and how to calculate your discount:
- E-Rate information from the Illinois State Library
- E-Rate information from the ISBE
- Overview of the program from the Universal Service Administrative Company, including an application process flow chart and Schools and Libraries Tip Sheets
- Ten Rules for E-Rate Success: A Special Report
- E-Rate Central
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Document / Last Modified: 28 February 2012
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