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: http://www.usac.org/sl/
Information about the E-Rate Program and the Children's Internet Protection Act can be found here: CIPA
For news and updates look here: http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news/default.aspx