E-Rate Reform

E-Rate is the commonly used name for the Schools and Libraries Program, which is part of the Universal Service Fund. The E-Rate program provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States (and U.S. territories) in obtaining affordable telecommunications and Internet access, and is funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.

The FCC is seeking to reform the E-Rate program to ensure that schools and libraries can receive high-speed broadband and services so they can better educate and serve their communities.  As this reform is considered, the FCC must reinforce that a competitive bidding mechanism for broadband services will help drive down the costs of the program and stretch the limited USF dollars to achieve the greatest benefits possible.