About the E-Rate Program
E-Rate is the commonly used name for the Schools and Libraries Program administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the FCC. Each year eligible schools (Public, Charter, and Private) and libraries can receive federal discounts/subsidies to obtain affordable telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections. The discounts are based on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and range from 20-85%.
The Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, also known as the E-rate Program, provides federal discounts on telecommunication services, Internet access and internal connections for all public and private schools and libraries.
Category 1 Services Offered by ICN
- Ethernet / Data Circuits
- Point to Point
- Point to Multipoint
- Internet Access Service
- Internet Access Service with Basic Firewall
- Leased Lit Fiber
- Self-Provisioned Fiber Networking
Category 2 Services Offered by ICN
- Managed Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
- Managed LAN
- Managed Internal Broadband Services
ICN began its participation in the USF program in FY 2001, as a common carrier. Over the years, ICN has saved Iowa's schools and libraries over $95.1 million. In Fiscal Year 2020, USAC provided funds for discounts to 196 Schools and Libraries saving over $4.9 millions on data services through the E-Rate Program
ICN’s Schools and Libraries Program Involvement:
The Schools and Libraries Program, also known as the E-rate Program, offers discounts for schools and libraries. ICN provides telecommunications discounts to 208 schools and libraries in Iowa.
- Supports connectivity - the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. Funding is requested under five categories of service: telecommunications service, Internet access, internal connections, basic maintenance of internal connections, and miscellaneous. Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served, and ranges from 20 percent to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium.
The Iowa Department of Education provides a variety of E-Rate trainings. For more information visit the Iowa Department of Education's website.