E-rate is a federal program that provides discounts to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunications, internet access, and internal connections. Discount rates range from 20% - 90% and are based on poverty and rural or urban status. The program is governed by the FCC and administered by USAC, the Universal Services Corporation.
Important Dates for Applicants
January 13, 2021 - Last day for districts to update their EPC Profile lunch numbers and enrollment information with DPI posted data.
February 25, 2021 - Last day to file Form 470 to start the minimum 28 day competitive bidding process. Don’t wait until the last minute, though. To give yourself enough time to evaluate bids and complete your Form 470, we recommend that you file by February 8.
January 15, 2021 - March 25, 2021 - Form 471 Filing Window.
Upcoming DPI E-rate Webinars & Training
- Semester 1 Trainings are now are now available for you to watch and download at your convenience.
Additional E-rate Training
- Short USAC Training Videos
- USAC School & Library Division Webinar Series
- SETDA E-rate Training Series
FCC Waives Gift Rules through June 30, 2021.
Starting in FY21 C2 budgets are district-wide instead of per-school. USAC Category 2 Budget Tool