A new application period for the eRate is about to begin, and Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) President George McDonald is urging schools to "file early and file online" using a new electronic certification feature.

SLD announced earlier this week that the application window to file Form 471 for Year Five opens Monday, Nov. 5, at noon EST. The eRate is a federal program that provides discounts to eligible schools and libraries on their telecommunications service, internet access, and internal wiring and other connections necessary to bring internet access into classrooms.

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