The Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as E-rate, provides discounts for telecommunications, internet access and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries.Discounts range from 20 to 90 percent, with higher discounts for higher poverty and rural schools and libraries. Recipients must pay some portion of the service costs.

E-rate is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Who’s Eligible?

  • Public, private and non-profit K-12 schools
  • Public and many private libraries
  • Head Start, pre-K, adult education, juvenile justice programs

What Services are Eligible?

Category 1 Services:

  • Data Transmission Services and/or Internet Access

Category 2 Services:

  • Internal connections and Managed Internal Broadband Services (MIBS)
  • Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections (BMIC)

How Do I Apply?

All applicants must have access to the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), an online portal through which all forms and applications are submitted.
New users? Contact the E-rate Program team at 1-888-203-8100 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Step-by-Step Process

1. Competitive bidding and filing an FCC Form 470
2. Evaluating bids and selecting a service provider
3. Applying for discounts and filing an FCC Form 471
4. Application review and follow-up
5. Starting services and filing an FCC Form 486
6. Invoicing and filing an FCC Form 472 (BEAR form) or FCC Form 474 (SPI Form)

FY2019 Dates

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

FY2019 Filing Window

January 16, 2019 – March 27, 2019

The day-to-day operations of the E-rate program will continue as normal despite the government shutdown.

Statement from USAC: “During the government shutdown, USAC will remain open for business as usual and all universal service deadlines remain in effect. Disbursements will continue to be issued by USAC. USAC events such as conference calls and webinars will take place as scheduled.”

DES E-rate SPIN/498 ID: 143004490



E-rate Webinar

On October 9, 2018, Dagostino Electronic Services held a webinar detailing the federal E-rate program, eligible products and services, and how to apply. You can watch a recording of the webinar below.
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