E-Rate IT Services in Dallas
Education Rate, more commonly known as E-Rate, was established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and began distributing monies in 1998. E-Rate is overseen by the FCC and is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC).
The program was created to support schools and libraries obtain telecommunications and Internet services at affordable prices by offering a discount on these services. Funding can be applied to four different classes of service: telecommunications, internet access, internal connections and basic maintenance of internal data connections. Cost reduction is based on the location of the applicant and the poverty level of the population served by the school or library, and varies from 20% (non-students eligible for free and reduced lunch) 90% (over 75% of students eligible for free lunch and reduced). For more information on E-Rate discounts see the USAC Discount Matrix.
To be eligible to receive E-Rate discounts for IT services in Dallas, schools and libraries must meet certain criteria. Generally, primary schools, secondary schools, private schools and religious schools are entitled to receive discounts. Public libraries and library systems are also entitled to receive funding as long as they meet the requirements for libraries.
Eligible services of the E-Rate program are broken down into two categories, Priority 1 and Priority 2. Priority 1 services are all Telecommunications services and Internet Access. Priority 2 services are Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections.
Some examples of Priority 1 Services include:
- Local Phone Service
- Long Distance Phone Service
- Cell Phone Service
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
- E-mail Services
- Cable Modem
- Web Hosting
- Phone Systems
- Circuit Cards
- Access Points
- And the maintenance of these eligible products