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State E-Rate Program and Broadband Connectivity

E-Rate: Universal Service Discount Program For Schools And Libraries

What is E-Rate?

The E-Rate program is a federal program funded by the Universal Service fund and managed by the FCC. The program provides discounted telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries. The size of the discount is based on a schools free and reduced lunch rate in the National School Lunch Program.

How does E-Rate help Oregon Schools?

Annually, the E-Rate program funding commitments bring an additional $15-25 million to Oregon schools to support telecommunications including Internet access. Search "USAC Funding Commitments" for funding commitment details by state and/or organization.

Oregon Broadband Connectivity and Digital Learning Project

E-Rate Application Process

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.

Additional Resources for Applicants

CIPA - Children’s Internet Protection Act

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.

Additional External Resources

  • E-Rate Central provides E-rate consulting, compliance, and forms processing services for E-rate applicants.

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