E-rate modernization overview

The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries, most often known as the E-rate program, was established to bring needed modern communications technology to schools and libraries in communities across the country. E-rate subsidizes a percentage of the cost of a range of services including telecommunications such as local and long distance voice services, 800 services, data services, and cellular voice services.

With the introduction of the new E-rate Modernization Order, voice services which are carried over a traditional telephony network are being phased out for E-rate discounts beginning 2015. This presents the opportunity for K-12 establishments to switch to an Internet Protocol (IP) based network which can carry voice (VoIP), data and video traffic over a single network while continuing to benefit from E-rate subsidized costs.

E-rate eligible services

  • VoiceVoice
  • DataData
  • NetworkNetwork
  • WirelessWireless
  • InternetInternet
  • VideoVideo
‘With E-rate modernization, now more than ever, K-12 leaders need to consider moving to an IP-based infrastructure’. Bob Zapotocky, Technical Director, UC and Public Health Strategy, AT&T Government and Education East

Watch the video

Watch the video which explains more about E-rate modernization and the options for your K-12 establishment.

Read the white paper

Read the white paper

The white paper explores two different approaches to implementing an IP network; costs and considerations; and advice to help K-12 leaders develop a strategic plan for migration.

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