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

E-rate

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.

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 (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.

California Teleconnect Fund Applicant & Participant Guidebook

Resources

For further information, contact Laura Sasaki at Laura.Sasaki@library.ca.gov