Welcome to the Tennessee State E-rate Coordinator Homepage!

Here you will find E-rate information, resources, and essential tools to help you navigate the E-rate process.  You will also find up-to-date E-rate news and opportunities for E-rate training sessions scheduled across Tennessee.

 

Where Do I Start?
If you want to review some basic E-Rate program information, simply download the Power Point Presentation here.

 


 

 

2018 Form 471 Window Progress Update: March 12, 2018


 

REGISTER FOR TRAINING NOW!



Please select a location below and register for the first of two rounds of all-day training sessions for E-Rate Funding Year 2018/2019. This session will cover the most recent updates to the E-Rate program, Post Commitment processes (for 2016 and 2017) and updates regarding the E-Rate Productivity Center portal (EPC).

Lunch will be provided so, please register as soon as possible so we have an accurate count!

WEST Tennessee
Tuesday November 7, 2017
9:30am – 3:30pm
Click Here to RSVP
Lexington City Schools
Caywood Elementary School
162 Monroe Avenue
Lexington, TN 38351
EAST Tennessee
Friday, November 17, 2017
9:30am – 3:30pm
Click Here to RSVP
Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center
801 Tipton Ave
Knoxville, TN 37920
MIDDLE Tennessee
Monday, November 27, 2017
9:30am – 3:30pm
Click Here to RSVP
Murfreesboro City Schools
2552 Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37127
 

 

Understanding E-Rate


The Federal Education Rate (E-rate) program is one part of the Universal Service Fund established by the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The program provides at least $2.25 billion dollars annually to eligible schools and public libraries in the United States to obtain discounts on technology for use by school children and library patrons.

 

The E-rate program may provide discounts of 20% to 90% to an eligible organization and discounts are available for telecommunications and advanced telecommunications products as services (subject to eligibility requirements).  The discount available is typically based on the number of students in the local school district eligible for the National School Lunch Program and the urban or rural location of the eligible entity.

 

 

How E-Rate Works


Eligible entities must apply on an annual basis for E-rate discounts.  Applications are made online to the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  The SLD reviews applications before making a final funding decision. For a period of five years from the last date of service(s) received, the SLD may audit the funding request to ensure that the service and/or equipment procured with E-rate funds continue to meet federal E-rate regulations, as codified by the Federal Communications Commission.

 

Tennessee Distance Learning Showcase


Watch this video to witness the great things our Tennessee School Districts are doing with Distance Learning and Collaborative Education: 


The broadband connection used was 150 Mbps (dedicated).  The Dyersburg High School connection is usually 100 Mbps (shared with another school in the district) but because they were hosting the TN State Technology Conference, they temporarily bumped their connectivity to 150 Mbps.  This type of robust, multi connection video collaboration would not be possible during a regular school day without the additional bandwidth.

 

The session connected:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Greeneville, TN
  • Loudon, TN
  • Yakutat, Alaska
  • Dyersburg, TN

 

E-Rate Resources


 

  • Visit USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division website. Click here.
  • Download the latest E-rate Eligible Services List. Click here.
  • Download the E-rate application forms. Click here.
  • Search for vendor Service Provider Identification Numbers (SPIN). Click here.
  • Apply Online for E-rate funds. Click here.