TSLAC Offers Free Help for Public Libraries to File for Federal E-Rate Funding

E-Rate is a federal discount program available to accredited public libraries that pays up to 90% of broadband costs, but we at TSLAC know the process to complete an application like this can be daunting. TSLAC is continuing its support of libraries this year in applying for E-Rate. The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT), provides FREE, one-on-one support from a professional consulting firm, E-Rate Central, to guide participating libraries successfully through the 2022 E-Rate Funding Year. 

Sticker that reads "We offer highspeed internet made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Since the program began in 2018, LCT libraries receiving this support have seen their Internet speed (bandwidth) increase significantly, all while making the cost more affordable.

Chart showing significant increase in Internet speeds from 2018 to 2021.

Check out these testimonial videos from two grateful LCT librarians:

If you’re interested in participating this year, please contact Henry Stokes at LD@tsl.texas.gov as soon as possible.

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