The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program provides discounts to assist eligible schools and libraries to obtain affordable internet access and telecommunications services. E-rate funds four service types: Data Transmission Services and Internet Access, Internal Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. Discounts range from 20-90 percent of the costs of eligible services, depending on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status at the school district level. Eligible schools, school districts, and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium. Note that voice services are no longer eligible as of FY2019. The E-rate Program supports connectivity, which is the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services or the internet. The school or library is responsible for providing resources such as end-user equipment (computers, telephones, etc.), software, professional development, electrical capacity, and the other elements that are necessary to effectively use the requested eligible services and equipment.
Willamette ESD provides E-rate support in two ways:
We offer consulting services that allow school districts to focus on teaching and learning while we handle the often confusing application forms and review process. These services include the above-mentioned activities as well as procurement planning, direct form filing, Program Integrity Assurance reviews, and appeal support. Our goal is to help school districts maximize each dollar and get the most out of the E-rate program. This service is delivered under an Intergovernmental Agreement for a fee.
We also file a consortium application for districts that receive Internet access through WESD. This helps reduce the costs for consortia members, and WESD completes all E-rate processes for this service.