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E-Rate Program: Telecommunications Act of 1996

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 provides for a federally funded program called the Universal Service Fund (USF) or E-Rate Program that is designed to provide affordable access to telecommunications services for all eligible schools and libraries in the United States. Funded at up to $2.25 billion annually, the program provides discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections.

Program Administration and How to Apply

The E-Rate Program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).

More information about the program, including how to apply, can be found here:

Information about the E-Rate Program and the Children's Internet Protection Act can be found here: CIPA

For news and updates look here:

Funding to New Jersey Schools

2013-2014 School Year


District and School Entity Numbers for Form 471

Click here to find your Entity and District Numbers

FCC E-Rate Modernization Order

A new E-Rate Order was issued July 2014.  You can find a summary here:


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