E-rate - or, more precisely, Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) - provides discounts to assist schools, school systems, and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Since the inception of E-rate in 1997, the Georgia DOE (GaDOE) has filed for and received E-rate discounts to build the Statewide K-12 Network. The GaDOE has received over $500 million in E-rate funding provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although there is a great deal of money available through E-rate for telecommunications infrastructure, the process is somewhat complex, and the timing of certain forms and applications are critical.
To ensure the state’s K-12 schools and public libraries can take full advantage of the SLD’s E-rate program, the state funded a team in 2015 to provide training and assistance with the E-rate process. Their primary objective is to assist in securing the maximum funding through the E-rate program.
For information on the Georgia E-rate Team and additional E-rate resources use the following link: https://www.gae-rate.usg.edu/