Satellite Internet E-Rate for Schools and Libraries
In May of 1997, the FCC adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order ensures that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to telecommunications and information services. The FCC also established the Schools and Libraries Program. Through this discount program, eligible schools and libraries can apply for an E-Rate grant, which offsets the cost of the service.
Skycasters (SPIN 143025534) satellite Internet access is an authorized service provider of the E-Rate schooling program, and both public and many private schools are allowed to participate. Because Skycasters is a proud supporter of the E-Rate program, your institution could be eligible to receive an E-Rate discount based on the following E-Rate for schools chart:
|Income||E-Rate urban location||E-Rate broadband satellite Internet rural location|
|Measured by % of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program||Discount||Discount|
|If the % of students in your school that qualifies for the National School Lunch Program is...||... and you are in an URBAN area, your discount will be...||... and you are in a RURAL area, your discount will be...|
|Less than 1%||20%||25%|
|1% to 19%||40%||50%|
|20% to 34%||50%||60%|
|35% to 49%||60%||70%|
|50% to 74%||80%||80%|
|75% to 100%||90%||90%|
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a non-profit entity established by the FCC, administers the Schools and Libraries Program and E-Rate funding for schools and libraries. The Client Service Bureau of the Schools and Libraries Program can be reached at 1-888-203-8100 or you can fax a question about the E-Rate school program or status of your grant to 1-888-276-8736.