E-Rate Technology Funding for School Districts
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The LHRIC will assist your district in applying for E-Rate funds.
If you are interested in this process or if you have questions, please contact your Regional Coordinator.
NEW E-Rate Resources for Fall 2012:
Please find the registration link below to our E-Rate Funding Year 2013-2014 workshop. We have also posted links below to the LOA, 479 and Technology Budget forms to be filled out for our consortium applications for the upcoming year. As in past years there is a deadline for filing so please be prompt in sending the forms back by Monday, October 1st, 2012. We look forward to seeing everyone at the workshop on 10/24/12 at 9:00 am.
Important Dates and Resources:
- E-Rate Funding Year 2013-2014
- E-Rate Workshop at the RIC, October 24th, 2012 Register Now!
- E-Rate LOA, 479, and Technology Budget Forms - due to the RIC by October 1st, 2012
E-Rate Central - Comprehensive website specializing in providing consulting, compliance, and forms processing services to E-rate applicants and service providers.
Schools & Libraries Division (SLD) - The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.
TECHNOLOGY PLAN REQUIREMENTS FOR E-RATE FUNDING
In accordance with federal regulations, applicants for E-Rate funding have had to submit an updated district technology plan for the State Education Department to the Regional Information Center as part of the E-Rate application process. The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center is a recognized Technology Plan Approval agency (TPA), and reviews the plans for completeness before forwarding approval notification to the State Education Department.
Due to prior changes in USAC regulations, districts applying for only Priority 1 funding no longer need to submit technology plans to a Technology Plan Approval agency for review and certification as of FY 2011-2012.
IMPORTANT: if your district subscribes to an E-Rate eligible service provided by the LHRIC (ex. eChalk, TLS, Intellipath), the district will still be required to submit budget information (see template linked below) due by October 1, 2012.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact Leslie Accardo (email@example.com) or Susan Krog (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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