The E-rate program is a federally funded program providing discounts to school and public libraries for their broadband servcies, Internet access, and related equipment. E-rate works by providing discounts averaging 60-80% on these services.
Libraries must apply on an annual basis to receive E-rate discounts. The upcoming funding year runs from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. The application process requires logging into the E-rate application system: EPC, completing the library profile information and submitting Form 470 (the last day to file is April 1, 2016) and by submitting the Form 471 28 days after submission of Form 470.
E-rate Program Information
- E-rate application portal: EPC
- Sample Bid Evaluation
- Documents Required for Retention Checklist
- Vermont Public Library Data: Square Footage & IMLS Locale Code
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