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Strategies for eRate Success

As you prepare to apply for your schools’ annual share of $2.3 billion in eRate discounts on telecommunications services and internet access, we’ve assembled this handy collection of tips, tricks, and other advice—made possible by the generous support of Schoolwires—to help you navigate the eRate process successfully.

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Strategies for eRate Success

2013 eRate filing window announced

2013 eRate filing window announced

Schools and libraries can begin requesting their share of $2.3 billion in telecommunications discounts through the federal eRate program on Dec. 12, and they'll have until March 14…

Dispelling 10 common eRate myths

Dispelling 10 common eRate myths

Each fall, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)—the agency that administers the $2.3 billion-a-year eRate—holds a number of training sessions designed to help applicants wade through the rules…

How applicants would change the eRate, if they could

How applicants would change the eRate, if they could

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,…

Report calls for more broadband access in schools

Report calls for more broadband access in schools

School districts should provide a minimum of 100 megabits per second of bandwidth for every 1,000 students and staff members within the next two years, and federal lawmakers…

After 15 years, govt. tells phone companies to follow low-price rule for schools

After 15 years, govt. tells phone companies to follow low-price rule for schools

After 15 years of neglect, federal regulators are finally planning to tell phone companies selling services to schools and libraries how to comply with a rule requiring them…

Petition calls for more eRate funding

Petition calls for more eRate funding

The federal eRate program, which helps schools and libraries connect to the internet, should receive more funding so that more schools and libraries can serve not only students,…

How to make sense of the new eRate gift rules

How to make sense of the new eRate gift rules

In its Sixth Report and Order, issued in September 2010, the FCC codified regulations regarding gifts from eRate service providers to align with the gift rules applicable to…

Five tips for eRate success

Five tips for eRate success

With a new eRate application season about to dawn for schools and libraries, here are five tips that can help ensure success in getting your fair share of…