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Manage the Cost of Connectivity

The Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) Program provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable Internet access and telecommunications services. Five service types are funded: Data Transmission Services and Internet Access, Voice Services, Internal Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. Discounts range from 20-90 percent of the costs of eligible services, depending on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status at the school district level.

More about E-RateThe E-Rate program has provided more than $1 billion to Ohio schools and libraries for their telecommunications and Internet services, as well as internal connections equipment and basic maintenance costs.

Starting with Funding Year (FY) 2015, products and services eligible for E-Rate Program discounts will be divided into Category One and Category Two. Category Two consists of the internal connections equipment or services necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools and libraries. Connections are limited to broadband connections used for educational purposes within, between, or among instructional buildings that comprise a school campus or library branch, basic maintenance of these connections, and services that manage and operate owned or leased broadband internal connections.

  • The service types included in Category Two are Internal Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections.
  • The highest discount level for Category Two services will be 85 percent. Applicants eligible for a 90 percent discount for Category One services will be eligible for an 85 percent discount for Category Two services. Other discount levels will not change.

The E-Rate Program is one of four programs funded through a universal service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the universal service fund at the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Lorrie Germann

State E-Rate Coordinator
Email |lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
Phone | 740-223-2420   Cell | 740-253-1153

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E-Rate FY2018 Form 470/Form 471 Deadlines & Workshop Registration Reminder

Please be aware of the upcoming FY2018 E-Rate filing dates/deadlines: January 10     FY 2018 EPC Administrative Window closes.  As of 11:59 p.m. EST, EPC entity profiles will be locked.  Applicants will not be able to update their profiles (e.g., with student NSLP data) until after the close of the Form 471 Application Window. January 11  … Continue reading E-Rate FY2018 Form 470/Form 471 Deadlines & Workshop Registration Reminder

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FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 Workshop Registration Reminder

Hello E-Rate Community, This is a reminder, that the FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 workshop registration is now available.  Both face-to-face sessions and webinars will be conducted. To register, go to www.ohio-k12.help/erate , and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page. *If you are with a public library, … Continue reading FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 Workshop Registration Reminder

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Important FY2017 E-Rate Update

E-Rate Community, Please be aware that USAC has not yet announced the dates of the upcoming FY2017 Form 471 filing window.  However, if you need to file a Form 470 for new services, you can do that now.  Just remember, you are required to wait a minimum of 28-days after filing the Form 470 before … Continue reading Important FY2017 E-Rate Update

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Upcoming FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 Workshops

Hello E-Rate Community, This is a reminder, that the schedule for the FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 workshops, both face-to-face sessions and webinars, are listed on my website.  To register, go to www.ohio-k12.help/erate, and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page. *If you are with a public library, … Continue reading Upcoming FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 Workshops

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FY2017 E-Rate Workshops Starting Soon

Lorrie Germann, State E-Rate Coordinator on behalf of Ohio Department of Education, will conduct the Fall FY2017 E-Rate Workshop. The day will focus on upcoming changes to the program, USAC’s EPC portal, and Form 470 application.   Whether you are a new comer to E-Rate, have filed for many years, or use the service of a consultant, it … Continue reading FY2017 E-Rate Workshops Starting Soon

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