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E-Rate is a federal program, regulated by the FCC, for schools and libraries to receive discounts on telecommunications. The Area IV Learning and Technology Center provides school districts with the latest E-Rate information and sponsors workshops to assist districts in learning more about the program and filling out Forms 470 and 471.

USAC provides trainings every fall for applicants an providers. For information concerning fall 2013 trainings go to http://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/default.aspx

Beginning with FY2011, technology plans are required only for Priority 2 services (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections). Districts that apply for discounts on eligible E-Rate Priority 2 services must have a current state approved technology plan that includes all E-Rate services being requested.

Technology plans must be approved before services start and before form 486 is filed with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Prior to submitting form 470, a draft technology plan must be created covering the 4 elements identified by the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Fifth Report and Order, which include:

To learn more about the technology planning process and e-rate consult the technology planning section of USAC's web site.

To learn more about E-Rate,visit Universal Service Administrative Company's web site dedicated to providing information to schools and libraries.

Stay Up-To-Date on E-rate News For current information pertaining to E-rate, consult the LTC4 newsletter or check the E-rate Central web site. You can subscribe to their weekly e-mail news at that site.