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Technology is transforming the way students learn and parents communicate with teachers and administrators. However, school budgets are tight and gaining access to the necessary tools, network infrastructure and applications can be a challenge for many school districts. Fortunately, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help many schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.
Schools and libraries can request funding within five categories of service:
- Telecommunications – Priority-One (P1)
- Internet Access – Priority-One (P1)
- Internal Connections – Priority-Two (P2)
- Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections – Priority-Two (P2)
E-rate funding is allocated based on priority. The first two categories listed above are considered “Priority-One” services and, as a result, requests for these types of services receive a high funding priority. The remaining funds, if any, are allocated to “Priority Two” services, which are the last two categories listed above. For a full list of eligible services, click here.
E-Rate Program Discount Levels
Discount levels are based on the percent of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program as well as the school’s classification as either rural or urban. For private schools, the discount can be calculated by using scholarship statistics.
Learn more about E-Rate funding discounts by visiting the Universal Service Administration Corporation (USAC) website @ http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/samples/Discount-Matrix.pdf
Collective IT Services and the E-Rate Program
If you considering an upgrade to your data infrastructure, Collective IT provides Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN) services and Internet solutions that will help your district enhance the learning process. Collective IT is an Arizona E-rate service provider and services all K-12 schools, school districts, and libraries that require bandwidth intensive, carrier-grade data, video and voice transport services, and the data distribution hardware to support them. Collective IT and its partners currently provide these services to multiple locations throughout Arizona, affording data solutions to thousands of students, teachers, and administrators.
To assist in the funding process, Collective IT provides a professionally trained staff to provide support in most facets of the E-Rate cycle, including post-award assistance with E-Rate forms and filing guidance and reminders. Our E-Rate and Regulatory Managers stay abreast of all rules issued by USAC, the Schools and Libraries Division, the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Courts and Congress.
Collective IT is a Priority-Two, E-Rate Eligible Service Provider (ESP) as defined by the Federal Communications Commission and the Schools and Libraries Division of USAC and is qualified as a Priority-One Provider of VOIP telecom services for participating schools’ E-Rate funding. Our SPIN is 143035546. Collective IT is also state-licensed through the ProcureAZ program. Our Vendor ID is 000023872.
For more information about the E-Rate Process and Program, visit the USAC website @http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/default.aspx.