E-Rate and California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) Information for Libraries

The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) provides affordable access to telecommunications services for all eligible schools and libraries in the United States. The USAC is a not-for-profit corporation appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that the benefits of telecommunications services reach students and communities across the country. The Program provides discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections.

Complete application information is available at http://www.universalservice.org/sl/applicants/.

The SLD has significantly improved and streamlined the online application process and corrected many problems you may have encountered in the past. See the full text of the FCC Report and Order at https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-14-99A1.pdf.

A 4-page summary is available at
http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/summary_of_major_e-rate_changes.pdf.

California Teleconnect Fund

The California Public Utility Commission maintains a discount program for libraries similar to that offered through the E-Rate. As of January, 2006, they apply the E-Rate discount first before applying the California Teleconnect Fund. See

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/Public+Programs/CTF/

ftp://ftp.cpuc.ca.gov/static/telco/public+programs/revisedadministrativeletterno10b_june_01_2006.doc

ftp://ftp.cpuc.ca.gov/static/telco/public+programs/adletter12_ctfapplicationrevision.pdf

Resources:

(Documents in PDF format can be viewed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

For further information, contact the California State Library CIO Jarrid Keller, Jarrid.Keller@library.ca.gov.