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New TSLAC program provides free E-rate filing support plus additional funding

2017 September 6
by Henry Stokes

New Opportunity for Public Libraries!

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The Texas state legislature recently appropriated funds specifically to TSLAC to help public libraries increase their Internet speed over the next year.

The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT), has two parts:

1) Participating libraries will apply for the E-rate federal discount program this Fall to secure a faster Internet speed with the help of a professional E-rate coaching firm, receiving one-on-one support and training to guide them successfully through the application process.

2) Through E-rate, these participating libraries will receive up to 90% discount (depending on poverty level and urban/rural status) and TSLAC will pay the remaining non-discounted portion.

That’s right – ALL (100%) of the participating library’s monthly Internet access costs will be free for one year.  As an extra bonus, they’ll also receive an additional year of E-rate support from the coaching firm to help them continue applying for their E-rate discount into the future.

If you think you might be interested in having your accredited public library participate, please submit your information via this quick survey so we can secure your spot:

 

Fill Out the Interest Survey

 

Why Increase the Library’s Speed?
Only 6% of Texas public libraries are meeting the FCC’s benchmarks for connectivity to serve their population size. Increasing connectivity in Texas public libraries helps ensure every member of your community has a chance to succeed. Broadband (high speed Internet) enables patrons to take better advantage of the following indispensable services at their public library:

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 Job Search / Training

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     Consumer Health

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    Distance Learning

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         eGovernment

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   Small Business Help

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      SIGN UP TODAY!

 

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If you have any questions, please contact Henry Stokes, 512-463-6624, hstokes@tsl.texas.gov.

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