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E-Rate Assistance for Schools and Libraries

E-Rate is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.

The Schools and Libraries Program supports connectivity - the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. Funding is requested under four categories of service: 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% to 90% of the costs of eligible services. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium.


Eligibility

Schools:

  • Must meet the statutory definition of an elementary or a secondary school in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • Must not be operating as a for-profit business
  • Must not have an endowment exceeding $50 million

Libraries:

  • Must be eligible for assistance from a State library administrative agency under the Library Services and Technology Act
  • Must not be operating as a for-profit business
  • Budget must be completely separate from any schools

Consortia:

  • Can include both eligible and ineligible entities
  • Only eligible entities can receive discounts
  • Consortia have record-keeping and administrative responsibilities

Head Start Facilities:

  • A stand-alone facility recognized by the state

Training

 CDE is pleased to offer a one and a half day E-rate training sessions for Funding Year 2015-16.  Many changes to the program occurred when the 7th Report and Order was released in July 2014.  During training we will review the 7th Report and Order to understand all program changes.  We will also cover the proposed Eligible Services List, the new forms 470 & 471, district wide discounts, phased and eliminated services and cost allocation requirements. This training is available for all E-rate applicants and service providers. It is highly recommended that all E-rate applicants attend this training.

 Training Locations dates and times (lunch is on your own):

Grand Junction
443 N 6th St Grand Junction CO 81501
970.243.4442

October 20 - 21

9:30 am - 4pm Day 1; 9:30am - 1pm Day 2

Limon
820 Second Street Limon CO 80828
719.775.2342

October 29 - 30

9:00 am - 4pm Day 1; 9:00am - 1:00pm Day 2

Colo. Springs - Pikes Peak BOCES
2883 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719.622.2089

November 6 - 7

9:00 am - 4 pm Day 1; 9am - 1pm Day 2

Metro - Jefferson County
809 Quail Street Building #1 Lakewood CO 80215
303.982.2222

November 10 - 11

9:00 am - 4pm Day 1; 9:00am - 12:30pm Day 2

Greeley
Hi Plains Library
2650 W 29th Street,  Greeley, CO 80631

December 11 - 12

9:00 am - 4 pm Day 1; 9am - 1pm Day 2

Alamosa - Adams State University

Room 316

1701 First St. Alamosa CO 81101

719.587.7879

January 12 – 13

9:00 am – 4 pm Day 1; 9am – 1pm Day 2

 
You are invited to register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZTW5DL3.


Additional Technical Assistance for Colorado Schools

USF Internet Mailing List

USF is the Internet mailing list for Colorado E-Rate applicants, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and Colorado Department of Education.

To subscribe:
Send an e-mail message to: lyris@web.cde.state.co.us
In the body of the message type: subscribe USF your name

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