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Announcing E-rate Central as Texas public libraries’ free E-rate coach!

2017 November 2
by Henry Stokes

We’re super excited to announce that E-rate Central has been selected to provide free coaching and support to Texas public libraries in applying for E-rate discounts for the next two years in the Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT) project!

E-rate Central is one of the leading E-rate consulting firms in the country and has extensive library applicant experience. They’ve done similar projects for groups of libraries in other states. Caroline Wolf – project lead at E-rate Central for us on LCT – actually got her start in public libraries with an MLS degree and was state E-rate coordinator for libraries in Louisiana.

E-rate Central staff recently came to visit me at the TSLAC building in Austin for a kick-off meeting, and I really enjoyed getting to know them.  See below photo (I’m the tall beaming guy in the middle).  I feel very confident they’re going to make a great partner on this project!

Now is the time to sign up for the LCT project! We’re only accepting 100 participants this year, and slots are filling up fast.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact me – Henry Stokes, at 512-463-6624, hstokes@tsl.texas.gov.

Not only does LCT provide the free E-rate support from E-rate Central, it also has the possibility to provide your library funding to pay 100% of your year’s Internet costs if there’s a speed upgrade!  It’s an amazing opportunity that won’t come around again., so act now!

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