Schools & Libraries (E-RATE)


E-rate, also known as The Schools and Libraries program is a federal program that helps to make telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries across America. Mandated by Congress in 1996 (implemented by the FCC in 1997) is funded by the Universal Service Fund and provides discounted telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries.

What benefits are available under the E-Rate Program?

Eligible schools and libraries may receive discounts on eligible category one services (telecommunications, telecommunications services and Internet access such as T1, PRI, fiber and Ethernet services) and category two services (internal connections, managed internal broadband services and basic maintenance of internal connections).

The discounts range from 20 to 90 percent, with higher discounts for higher poverty and more rural schools and libraries. Schools and libraries are always responsible for paying at least some part of the cost of service.

How does the E-Rate Program work?

An eligible school or library submits a request for competitive bids for the specific E-rate supported services it seeks to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC posts those requests on its website for vendors to see.

The school/library selects their vendor(s) and submits an application to USAC for approval listing its desired purchases and USAC issues funding commitments to eligible applicants.

After the vendor provides the service to the applicant, either the vendor or the applicant submits requests to USAC for reimbursement of the approved discounts.

Teltek and E-RATE

Teltek is a registered E-RATE Vendor: SPIN Number: 830717

As a leader in the telecommunication industry, Teltek has access to nearly all of the telecommunications E-Rate carriers throughout the country. This allows us source multiple options for our clients and leverage carriers against one another for your benefit.