The Education Rate (E-Rate) is the result of a regulatory decision made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on May 7, 1997 to implement the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Starting in January 1998, the FCC decision made K-12 schools and libraries eligible for up to $2.25 billion a year in discounts for a wide range of telecommunications services.
Who can apply?
* Schools and school districts
* Libraries and library systems
* Consortia-groups of eligible entities that band together to aggregate demand and negotiate lower prices
Discounts range from 20% to 90% of eligible costs. The discount for a school or library depends on:
* percentage of eligibility of students for National School Lunch Program
* urban or rural location of school or library
For more information, please use the link below to access the USAC website:
OneNet Knowledge of E-Rate
OneNet has been an E-Rate approved Internet service provider since 1999. OneNet staff has been involved in the Federal Universal Service program since the beginning of the program. OneNet staff attends service provider trainings presented by USAC and participates in monthly service provider conference calls. Also, OneNet staff attends annual E-Rate training sessions for service providers presented by Kellogg and Sovereign Consultanting. OneNet is accustomed to working with USAC and consultants to assist the applicants’ needs.
Upon completion and notification from USAC of the successful approval of the applicant’s form 486, OneNet provides discounted invoices to the customer. Our database was designed to accommodate E-Rate discounts. OneNet receives paper and electronic versions of all service provider letters from USAC. OneNet successfully processes on average of 645 line items per month through clectronic invoicing USAC with service provider invoices (SPI).
Our preferred invoicing mode is SPI. OneNet will work with the customer for the best mode of E-Rate discounts.
OneNet’s SPIN is 143015254.
For questions concerning E-Rate, please contact:
Assistant Director of Administration
In Oklahoma City: 405.225.9413