WorldNet Connects Your School & Library to the World
Services available to schools and libraries through the Federal E-Rate program
It is more evident each day that schools and libraries need to become gates to global knowledge — no only with what is taught at them, but by providing students with a chance to connect with other sources of knowledge, other communities and limitless opportunities for learning.
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (also know as E-Rate) is a project of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and created to provide discounts in telecommunications and Internet services to schools and ibraries.
The program provides funds to partially cover the cost of telecommunication services, Internet connection, basic maintenance and internal connectivity for participating institutions. It covers from 20 to 90 percent of these costs, depending on the school’s or library’s poverty level and zoning. School districts and educational consortia may also apply. Because E-Rate only covers for a percentage discount, it is expected from schools and libraries to be able to pay for other components of a telecommunication system — like computers, telephones, software and others.