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Keys to eRate Success

recycling-fundraiserThis year could result in significant changes to the eRate, the $2.3 billion-a-year federal program that provides telecommunications discounts to eligible schools and libraries. But as the filing window for the 2014 program year approaches, we’ve got you covered.

With the generous support of Mitel, we’ve assembled this collection of stories and resources to keep you informed of the latest news and analysis affecting eRate applicants—as well as strategies for taking full advantage of the program to enhance your schools’ communications networks.

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eRate process begins for 2014

The filing window for getting 2014 eRate discounts on telecommunications services and internet access is now open, and schools and libraries have until Wednesday, March 26, to apply.

How to prepare for eRate funding year 2014

Here are several strategies to help you get the most out of the new eRate funding year.…

eSN Special Report: 2014 eRate Survival Guide

Uncertainty. That’s the key theme as school officials prepare to apply for the next cycle of eRate funding.

In one of the most comprehensive evaluations of the…

eRate changes spur debate

eRate changes spur debate

Stakeholders weigh in on eRate program’s future Hundreds of eRate stakeholders made final efforts to show how critical high-speed broadband connections are for teaching and learning before a…

FCC to revisit eRate

FCC to revisit eRate

The Federal Communications Commission voted on July 19 to open a new rulemaking process aimed at updating and enhancing the federal e-Rate program, which currently provides $2.3 billion…

How to improve the eRate

How to improve the eRate

As the FCC mulls changes to the nation’s school wiring program, here’s a common-sense vision for what we’d like to see.…

Obama to ask for increased eRate aid

Obama to ask for increased eRate aid

President Barack Obama wants to see the nation's classrooms transformed into digital learning centers and he is ready to ask federal regulators to use billions of dollars to…

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…

Leveraging the eRate to Get a Next-Generation Communications System

Leveraging the eRate to Get a Next-Generation Communications System

  Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Time: 2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST Duration: 1 hour (Note: You can experience an archived version of this webinar at the bottom…

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…

Additional resources

Latest eRate news from USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division

Eligible Services List

USAC’s eRate training and outreach

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