E-rate provides discounted telecommunications and internet access to eligible schools and libraries. The program is funded by the Universal Service Fund fee charged on monthly telephone bills. Schools, libraries and other educational institutions can apply for E-rate funding to help pay for telecommunication services, internet access, digital literacy training, and more.
For example, if you are an eligible school in a rural area without broadband service and you want to take your digital learning initiatives to the next level, then you could apply for E-rate funding to help offset some of the costs associated with expanding your network infrastructure.
In addition to providing funds for wiring, Wi-Fi and broadband connections, e-rate also helps reduce the cost of computers by providing discounts from certain manufacturers and computer vendors.