What is e-Rate?
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "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 E-Rate is the discount that schools and libraries will receive for the acquisition of telecommunication services. Eligible schools and libraries can receive discounts of 20-90 percent on telecommunication services, Internet access and internal connections. Discounts are based on the level of eligibility in the federal free and reduced lunch program.
Who is eligible?
In general, a school is eligible for Schools and Libraries support if it meets the following eligibility requirements:
* Schools must operate as non-profit businesses
* Schools cannot have an endowment exceeding $50 million
* Schools must provide elementary or secondary education as determined by state law
* Schools may be public or private institutional day or residential schools, or public charter schools
The 4 categories the FCC has established as being eligible for funding:
* Telecommunications Service
* Internet Access
* Internal Connections
* Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
Affinety Solutions is a E-Rate provider
As an E-Rate provider, Affinety Solutions' Web Hosting services fall into the ‘Internet Access’ category. For more information, contact us at 952-473-0334.