E-Rate Technical Assistance Program

Manage the Cost of Connectivity

The E-Rate Technical Assistance Program is available to eligible K-12 schools and public libraries, providing affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. This federal program, formally known as the Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), and provides discounts on telecommunications, Internet access service costs and internal connections.

The E-Rate program has provided more than $1 billion to Ohio schools and libraries for their telecommunications and Internet services, as well as internal connections equipment and basic maintenance costs.

Join the E-Rate Community
The Ohio Department of Education supports communication between the members of the Ohio E-Rate community through electronic communication. To ensure you receive the most up-to-date E-Rate information, subscribe to the E-Rate Announcement List by sending an email to join-erate@list.em.ohio.gov.
To unsubscribe from the E-Rate list, send a blank email to leave-erate@list.em.ohio.gov.

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted an E-Rate Modernization Order that will expand Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries across America. The new rules are the next major step in a comprehensive modernization of the E-rate Program, the first such effort since the program’s creation 18 years ago. The program increases focus on the largest and most urgent need—closing the Wi-Fi gap—while transitioning support away from legacy technologies to 21st Century broadband connectivity.

For more information, go to http://www.universalservice.org/sl/tools/modernization-order/default.aspx


Fall E-Rate Training Opportunities

Lorrie Germann, State E-Rate Coordinator with the Ohio Department of Education, will conduct Fall FY2015 E-Rate Workshops.  With the release of the E-Rate Modernization Order (E-Rate 2.0), the bulk of the day will focus on the many changes that will be coming to the program.   Whether you are a newcomer to E-Rate, have filed for many years, or use the service of a consultant, it is recommended you attend in order to understand the program changes and how they will impact you.  The workshop will start at 9:00, with lunch on your own (12:00-1:00).  We will continue the Modernization training after lunch, and conclude with the Form 470, ending the day at approximately 3:30.

Registration for "Face-to-Face" Sessions

To register, please click on the hyperlink for your chosen date/location, and you will be taken to the Eventbrite registration site.  From there, click on the green “Register” button and provide your information.  Also, be sure to click on “Add to My Calendar”, located under the “When & Where” section of the page, to easily add the session to your Outlook, Google, or Yahoo calendar.

Date Location City Register

Great Oaks Career/Tech


Cincinnati Click Here To Register
10/20/2014 Western Reserve Kent Click Here To Register


Columbus Click Here To Register

SCOCA/Pike Co. Career

Tech Center

Piketon Click Here To Register

Trumbull Co. ESC

Niles Click Here To Register

Eastern Gateway

Community College

Steubenville Click Here To Register

North Coast Council - West

Office (Formally LEECA)

Elyria Click Here To Register
10/29/2014 MVECA Yellow Springs Click Here to Register
10/30/2014 NWOCA Archibold Click Here To Register
10/31/2014 NOECA Sandusky Click Here To Register
11/4/2014 Brown County ESC Georgetown Click Here To Register
11/5/2014 SEOVEC Athens Click Here To Register

Butler Tech - Public Safety

Education Complex

Hamilton Click Here To Register
11/7/2014 Mid-Ohio ESC Mansfield Click Here To Register
11/12/2014 Auglaize County ESC Wapakoneta Click Here To Register
11/14/2014 Muskingum Valley ESC Zanesville Click Here To Register



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Last Modified: 9/12/2014 2:16:49 PM