Important to know:
- The next E-rate application cycle starts this fall.
- A special equipment budget that allows for nearly all applicants to receive funding to update their broadband services will be ending in the next year - and may not be renewed - so it is important to act in the next year to take advantage of this opportunity.
There is a nationally administered technology program that is designed specifically for libraries and schools to ensure they have sufficient broadband Internet to meet their community needs. Known as the E-rate program, libraries qualify for funding to help pay for high-speed Internet service and Wi-Fi network equipment to ensure robust Internet access is available and can accommodate multiple simultaneous users. To participate in E-rate, libraries must have adopted an Internet Safety Policy and must have an Internet filtering mechanism in place.
E-rate operates as a discount program and provides funding for broadband services and network equipment. The South Dakota E-rate Coordinator, Debra Kriete firstname.lastname@example.org, has written a longer article with detailed information about the E-rate program. Read it at https://sdslcornerstone.blogspot.com/search/label/e-rate.