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E-Rate Program

E-Rate Program

What is the E-Rate Program?

E-rate is a federal program that provides eligible schools and libraries discounts on eligible telecommunications services. The E-rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The program was created as part of the Federal Telecommunication Act of 1996 to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. Eligible participants include public and most non-profit K-12 schools as well as all public and many private libraries.

What can Eligible Entities fund through E-Rate Program?

Funding may be requested under five categories of service: Telecommunications, Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, Internal Connections, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served and range from 20 percent to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services.

The FTG Technologies E-Rate SPIN Number is 143033382.

Please visit the Schools and Libraries Division website for a complete list of E-rate eligible services, funding schedule, and the latest updates on the program.

For more information, please contact our Educational Technology experts at (888) FTG-IDEA.