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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To unsubscribe from the E-Rate list, send a blank email to email@example.com
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.
Last Modified: 1/14/2015 2:49:18 PM