Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (E-Rate)

Issue Brief: Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (E-Rate)

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Education Technology (E-rate)

The E-rate program is a $2.25 billion annual program which provides significant discounts of up to 90 percent to schools and libraries to help them build technology infrastructure and provide telecommunications and Internet services for students in low-income and rural areas.

Why is This Important to Your School District?

The E-rate program is a vital source of assistance in maintaining Internet connectivity, bringing new learning opportunities to special education students, and enhancing distance-learning in rural areas.

What to Tell Congress: NSBA's Position

Urge your Senators and Representatives to support efforts to ensure efficient operation and integrity of the program, increase the quality and speed of connectivity in our nation's schools, and address the technology gaps that remain.

Visit our Legislative Action Center to find out what's happening in Congress now.


 

Additional Resources

Issue Brief: Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (E-Rate)

NSBA Issue Brief: Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT)
Learn more about the EETT program authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), in Title II, Part D.

NSBA Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries - November 8, 2013

NSBA Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries - September 16, 2013
September 16, 2013 - NSBA Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Modernizing the E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries -

NSBA files comments with FCC on Telephone Consumer Protection
May 21, 2010 - NSBA filed comments with the FCC requesting clarification on requirements regarding communications to wireless devices.

Coalition Letter to President Obama: January 11, 2010
NSBA co-signed a letter to President Obama calling for a strategic investment in innovation by increasing funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program.

NSBA files comments with FCC on the future of E-Rate
NSBA filed comments with the FCC on November 20, 2009 to strengthen the E-Rate program for schools and libraries.

FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: November 5, 2009
The Federal Communications Commission implements provisions of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

FCC Public Notice: November 3, 2009
The Federal Communications Commission requests input on options for E-Rate modifications to improve broadband deployment.

Coalition Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: June 24, 2009
Re: FY2010 Appropriations for the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program

Coalition Letter to House Appropriations Committee: June 24, 2009
Re: FY2010 Appropriations for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program

Federal Regulations Adversely Impacting Academic Achievement in Public Schools
NSBA's review of three key areas negatively impacting student achievement: 1) Regulations implementing Title I of NCLB; 2) E-Rate program exemption from the Anti-Deficiency Act; and 3) Restrictions on Medicaid reimbursements to school districts.

Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee June 14, 2012
NCPE letter opposes funding for the failed DC voucher program.

 
 
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