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The E-Rate program is a federal program funded by the Universal Service fund and managed by the FCC. The program provides discounts for Internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries. The size of the discount is based on an applicant's free and reduced lunch rate in the National School Lunch Program.
Annually, the E-Rate program funding commitments bring an additional $15-25 million to Oregon schools to support Internet access. Search "USAC Funding Commitments" for funding commitment details by state and/or organization.
The USAC E-Rate program page provides a step-by-step overview of the application process and the rules that govern it.
The USAC "Apply Online" page, where you can file and view application documents and complete the forms necessary to receive Universal Service Support.
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) went into effect in 2001, placing restrictions on funding for several of federal programs, including E-Rate. These restrictions require that to obtain funding for computers, Internet access and related services, - applicants must certify they have Internet safety policies and technologies to filter certain visual materials from the Internet.
Our state E-Rate Coordrinator provides services in the following ways:
Program Advising, outreach, and assistance to applicants including documentation review.
Statewide, regional, and 1-on-1 trainings as requested.
Federal advocacy and support.
State Match Program assistance.
Get weekly program updates and specific guidance on issues that affect Oregon applicants.
Get news from the source every Friday afternoon. Includes detailed explanations of program rules and application procedures.
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