6 Things to Know about the E-Rate Program

Education Week reports on the status of the E-Rate program…

In recent years, the program has experienced big changes, remarkable successes, and new perceived threats, all of which Education Week has covered in-depth.

The offer six big numbers to know about the program…

  1. The E-rate program continues to have extraordinary reach, impacting more than 118,000 school and library facilities across the U.S.
  2. Schools’ appetite for bandwidth continues to grow, with $2.5 billion in E-rate requests for data & internet service: By far, the biggest slice of the 2017 E-rate pie was for “data and internet service,” which accounted for more than half of program requests.
  3. Among surveyed applicants, 55 percent want voice services to remain E-rate-eligible.
  4. The average school site requesting E-rate funding now spends $32,576 on Wi-Fi equipment and services.
  5. Among surveyed applicants, 48 percent said the E-rate’s ‘self-provisioning’ option lowers bandwidth costs.
  6. Among surveyed applicants, 44 percent still don’t like the E-rate application process.
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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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