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E-rate Discount
for Public Libraries

 

Is my library eligible?

  • In Texas, a library must be accredited in order to be eligible for E-rate discounts.
  • For more information about accreditation, please contact Stacey Malek, Program Coordinator, 512-463-5532, smalek@tsl.texas.gov
     

Why apply for E-rate?

  • The MONEY! Each year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets aside over two billion dollars of funding for schools and libraries to help them pay for Internet costs. In Texas, a majority of accredited public libraries are eligible for an 80% discount, with over a quarter eligible for a whopping 90%.  That means most participating libraries only have to pay 10-20% of their Internet costs, with E-rate paying the rest of the bill.
  • High-speed Internet (aka "broadband") has become a necessity in public libraries, and E-rate is the chief means to support and sustain this crucial service as costs rise and demand increases. This is non-competitive funding - a library just has to fill out the forms correctly to receive the discount.
 

This year, GET FREE HELP, plus possible ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM TSLAC!

  • If you're an accredited Texas public library, you can take part in Libraries Connecting Texas!  At no cost to the library, TSLAC has hired experts from the nationally leading consulting firm, E-rate Central, to walk you through the E-rate discount application from beginning to end. 
  • In the first year of the Libraries Connecting Texas program, eighty-four libraries successfully applied for $607,485.40 of E-rate funding, increasing their bandwidth by an average of 927%.
  • Contact TSLAC now to get started: hstokes@tsl.texas.gov
 

Want to learn more about how E-rate works?


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Page last modified: June 29, 2018