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 www.universalservice.org/sl/tools/modernization-order/default.aspx


Upcoming E-Rate Training Opportunities


Lorrie Germann, State E-Rate Coordinator with the Ohio Department of Education, will conduct the FY2015 E-Rate Form 471 Workshop. With the release of the E-Rate Modernization Order (E-Rate 2.0), the Form 471 application will be drastically changed.   The session will highlight the changes to the form, as well as tips and explanations to make the application process a little easier.  The workshop is scheduled 9:00-12:00, but Lorrie will be available from 1:00-3:00 to answer individual questions.

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.


Workshop Date Facility City Registration Link
1/15/2015 Butler Tech - Public Safety Education Complex Hamilton Click Here To Register
1/16/2015 Auglaize County ESC Wapakoneta Click Here To Register
1/20/2015 Western Reserve Kent Click Here To Register
1/21/2015 NOECA Sandusky Click Here To Register
1/22/2015 NWOCA Archbold Click Here To Register
1/23/2015 Great Oaks Career/Tech Center Cincinnati Click Here To Register
1/26/2015 Pike County Career/Tech Center Piketon Click Here To Register
1/27/2015 North Coast Council - West Office (Formally LEECA) Elyria Click Here To Register
1/28/2015 Muskingum Valley ESC Zanesville Click Here To Register
1/30/2015 SEOVEC Athens Click Here To Register
2/2/2015 OHIOnet Columbus Click Here To Register
2/4/2015 Mid-Ohio ESC Mansfield Click Here To Register
2/6/2015 Trumbull Co ESC Niles Click Here To Register
2/11/2015 Ohio Educational Technology Conference Columbus Conference Session - OETC Registration Required to Attend - 2:30-4:30 Room D130
2/17/2015 Eastern Gateway Community College Steubenville Click Here To Register



Webinar Sessions


Webinar Date Participant PIN Audio Access Number Click Link to Join Conference
1/21/2015 60052983# 866 946 0485  Click to Join Webinar
1/28/2015 60052983# 866 946 0485  Click to Join Webinar
1/30/2015 60052983#  866 946 0485  Click to Join Webinar
2/2/2015 60052983# 866 946 0485  Click to Join Webinar


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