E-rate, or Education Rate, is a federal program designed to ensure schools and libraries have access to affordable high-speed broadband to support digital learning and robust connectivity. E-rate funds provide discounted Internet access and subsidize the cost of eligible internal connections. Enacted by Congress under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, E-rate is one of four programs administered by the non-profit Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and supervised by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Discounts for Kentucky libraries range from 40% to 90%, with the average library receiving a discount of 80% on their bills. Discounts are calculated based on two factors: the percentage of students in the local school district eligible for the National School Lunch Program, and the urban or rural classification of the county served by the library. Kentucky libraries and schools have benefited from more than $628 million in E-rate funding since the program began in 1998. More information about the program can be found on the
FY 2017-18 Filing Dates
- February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET – Form 471 filing window opens
- April 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET – deadline for filing the Form 470
- May 11, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET – deadline for filing the Form 471
Checklists and Walkthroughs
Form 470 for FY 2017 – Examples
These example Forms 470 were created by the KDLA Technology Consultant to demonstrate possible ways to bid for some commonly-requested
eligible services on the 2017 Form 470. The fictional library system listed on these forms has a main library, branch library, and bookmobile. Please note that multiple requests and categories may be listed on the same Form 470. The type of requests, quantities, and narrative should be tailored to your library’s specific needs. Kentucky libraries may submit draft Forms 470 to the KDLA Technology Consultant for review prior to certification.
KDLA makes no representations, guarantees or assurances that submitting a Form 470 with these or similar service requests or narratives will result in E-rate funding for your library. The E-rate approval process is complicated and the criteria for funding approval may be difficult to understand. These examples are provided solely for the use of libraries in the Commonwealth in crafting their own E-rate applications, and no warranty of suitability for any particular situation or purpose is expressed or implied.
- The Client Service Bureau of USAC can be reached at 1-888-203-8100. The
USAC website also includes a
E-rate Central is an extremely helpful E-rate website run by the State of New York.
Webjunction, a free online training resource for librarians, offers many helpful
archived webinars, including a few presented by experts from E-rate Central.