E-Rate Information

The Educational Rate (E-Rate) Program was instituted under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to expand Internet and telecommunication connectivity for schools and libraries. Funding for the nationwide program is capped at $2,270,250,000 annually and provides discounts of 20 percent to 90 percent of the cost of services, depending on the socioeconomic factors of the population served. The program guarantee discounts on Priority 1 services, and then allocates remaining funds for Priority 2 services to the neediest school districts.
Sources: Federal Communications Commission; Education Week 

E-Rate News and Announcements


The SC E-Rate Consortium will host three E-Rate training opportunities in January 2017. These day-long trainins sessions will provide attendees new to the E-Rate program with highly beneficial orienting information. Additionally, seasoned E-Rate attendees will benefit from learning about new E-Rate rulea and regulations. 

  • Friday, January 6, 2017 - Division of Technology, 4430 Broad River Road Columbia, S.C. 29210
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

While these training opportunities are free to atend, registration is required. Please click the following link to register for the training most convenient to you.

Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QCDVKJ6 to register for these training sessions.


 E-Rate Deadlines

For the latest E-Rate deadlines, please visit the E-Rate Deadlines webpage.