We strongly encourage you to check USAC's Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) website at www.usac.org/sl for details or call E-Rate Service Center toll-free at 877-231-3850 with questions related to CenturyLink products and services.
For more detailed information on E-Rate, download the E-Rate brochure or visit www.usac.org/sl.
One provision of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to provide affordable access to telecommunications services for all eligible K-12 public schools, private schools and public libraries, particularly those in rural and inner-city areas.
Historically funded at $2.25 billion annually, the program provides discounts of 20 to 90 percent* in four categories of service:
- Telecommunications Services
- Internet Access
- Basic Maintenance
- Internal Connections.
The first two categories, Telecommunications Services and Internet Access, are considered "priority one" and are consistently funded each year.
The remaining categories, Basic Maintenance and Internal Connections, are considered "priority two," and requests are only funded when budget allows. For Internal Connections' funding, these purchases are restricted to receiving funding twice in five years.
Summer months and winter holidays are busy with school installations. Many schools are moving forward with their E-Rate funding projects, but a few have been caught in the middle when their selected service provider announced plans to leave the education market. If you are in this situation and want to continue your project, CenturyLink can help. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist with Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) changes so you can take advantage of your E-Rate award.
*Eligibility discount percentage is based on school location (urban vs. rural) and the number of students in the school(s) eligible for the federal school lunch program.