E-rate is a federal program that lets public schools and libraries apply for discounts on eligible telephone/voice and internet services and is managed by the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC). Beginning with funding year 2015 (July 2015-June 2016), the focus of the e-rate program will be on broadband services; telephone/voice services will be phased down 20% per year until these discounts are no longer supported and technology plans are no longer required.
If you want to file for e-rate for eligible services that your organization receives thru the NC Office of Information Technology Services (OITS), be sure that you are on Kathryn Wilson’s listserv. Kathryn works for OITS and you can contact her at Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting with FY2015, products and services eligible for E-rate discounts will be divided into Category One and Category Two instead of Priority 1 and Priority 2.
Category One consists of the services that provide broadband to eligible locations, including data links that connect multiple points, services used to connect eligible locations to the Internet, and services that provide basic conduit access to the Internet.
Category Two consists of the internal connections equipment or services necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools and libraries. Connections are limited to broadband connections used for educational purposes within, between, or among instructional buildings that comprise a school campus or library branch; basic maintenance of these connections; and services that manage and operate owned or leased broadband internal connections.