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 network equipment, and most recipients must certify compliance with the
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to receive funding. 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 50% to 90%, with most libraries receiving 80% to 90% discounts 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 area served by the library. Kentucky libraries have received more than $22 million in E-rate disbursements since the program began in 1998. More information about the program can be found on the
- The 2nd application filing window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund will open on September 28, 2021, and close on October 13, 2021. See USAC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Program website website for more details, or contact the KDLA Technology Consultant for assistance.