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.

How to Apply

These funds are available to public and private schools and libraries that comply with the program’s requirements. Go to http://www.universalservice.org to find additional information about those requirements, as well as details on how to create an electronic account to submit your application through the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) website. You will also find most of the forms you are required to submit with your application.

As part of the process, the school must provide information on its region’s poverty level and its zoning category (urban or rural). It will also state its telecommunication needs. Schools will be able to ask for quotes from registered providers of E-Rate services.

WorldNet Supports Education through E-Rate

WorldNet is a registered E-Rate service provider. This means WorldNet is authorized to submit quotes to schools and libraries that ask for them, as well as authorized to provide services the schools decide to buy.

This is part of WorldNet’s commitment to education. This commitment is also seen in our extended experience with education institutions at all levels, including universities, technical colleges and others. We currently provide Internet and telecommunication services to dozens of schools and colleges across Puerto Rico.

Our success in this sector is tied to our practice of transferring to the education world our experience from business sectors like manufacturing, service, retail sales and others. Our experts offer integrated communication solutions according to schools’ needs, and stand out for customer service quality.

How to Leverage E-Rate Benefits with WorldNet

Once your institution has complied with all E-Rate requirements, you will be able to ask for quotes and to engage with your preferred service provider among those registered in the program. For that, you should use the provider’s ID number as reference.

This is known as the Service Provider Identification Number, or SPIN. You must use this number each time you submit a service application. Companies like WorldNet, who provide different services, might have different SPINs for each service. To learn the specific

SPIN for a WorldNet service, you can call us at 787-705-9000.

If you need more information about WorldNet, our services or the E-Rate application process, go to the following links: