E-rate is the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program that provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access.
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center analysis, over 82.5% of homes containing school-age children (6-17) do not have broadband internet access. That’s over 5 million households without internet. The FCC founded the E-rate program in 1996 (when only 14% of the nations K-12 school classrooms had access to internet) to combat this issue. Today, virtually all schools and libraries have internet access. The FCC will allocate around 3.9 billion dollars this year to fund the program.
Each school is allowed to spend $150 per student, every 5 years to ensure all school-age children have sufficient access to necessary technology. By determining what percentage of the total student body is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, each school can estimate how much of their total spending budget will be funded by the program. Funds can be used by entire districts or individual schools.
E-rate and Extreme
Extreme Integration has been servicing beneficiaries of the e-rate program for over 16 years. We have helped libraries, schools, and entire districts implement, upgrade, and service a wide variety of necessary technology. We work with our partners to create long-term technology solutions for your school systems. Our experts can help you understand the program, determine how much money the federal government will allocate to your school(s), walk you through how to receive your funding, and support you through the process. Find us on the e-rate website here.
The most important thing to us is that you get funded and enhance your technology so your school or library continues to be part of the future of education. Ask us how we can help you receive the technology our children deserve. We are committed to helping you educate our youth