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November 2nd, 2012
Your annual ‘eRate Survival Guide’
With $2.3 billion in funding at stake, here’s how to ensure your share
Since its inception in 1997, the federal eRate has disbursed several billion dollars in discounts to help schools and libraries purchase telecommunications services and internet access. The filing window for the 2013 program year opens soon.
Over the years, the eRate has undergone many rule changes to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse—and the application process can be quite confusing. To help you navigate this process with a minimum of pain and a maximum return on your time invested, we’ve assembled this handy guide.
Each fall, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)—the agency that administers the eRate—holds a number of training sessions designed to help applicants wade through the rules and acronyms that accompany the process. Here’s what this year’s training sessions focused on.
Sensing that demand for eRate funding would continue to outpace available funding nearly 2 to 1, last spring Funds For Learning set out to gather the perceptions, predictions, and opinions of eRate applicants through a nationwide survey. Here’s what applicants had to say about their eRate needs and desires.
A hosted Voice-over-IP (VoIP) system can save your schools money while improving telecommunications service. What’s more, hosted VoIP is eligible for Priority One funding under the federal eRate program, which provides discounts of up to 90 percent off the cost of telecommunications services to eligible schools and libraries.
The eRate application process is fairly complex—but we’ll make it easy. In this free webinar, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to take advantage of the eRate to get a state-of-the-art communications system that can scale to meet your current—and future—needs.