Workshops Committee Programs Management Training Series Library Leadership Ohio
E-Rate Essentials
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
9:30:00 AM - 3:00:00 PM

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building


$0 CAMLS Members
$0 Affiliate Members
$0 Non-members
Free for guests/speakers

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Limit: 30
Registered Now: 16
Contact Hours: 5


Registration in this workshop is for both the session on October 7 and the half day session on December 4.

The Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, popularly known as the E-Rate, provides all public and private schools and libraries with access to affordable telecommunications and advanced technologies. Schools and libraries can apply annually for discounts of from 20 to 90% on telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections. All Ohio public libraries are eligible to apply. With budgets as tight as they are, the E-rate Program is a potential source of additional funds. It is important to understand that the E-rate program is not necessarily a competitive program. ALL applications for eligible Telecommunications and Internet Access services that have been submitted by eligible applicants, according to program rules, have been approved and funded.

The State Library of Ohio is sponsoring a two-day workshop on the federal E-Rate program. These workshops will provide an overview of the E-rate program, will discuss the rationale for participation in the program and the value of E-rate support, and will walk workshop participants through the preparation and submission of the necessary forms to successfully request reimbursement under the E-rate program. Any new changes in the E-rate program will also be discussed.

Note: Even if your library does not support the Internet filtering provision mandated by CIPA, your library remains eligible for the award of discounts on all applications for "telecommunication services" including local and long-distance telephone service, cellular service and T-1 lines.

Course Content

  • Day One (10/7)is an overview of the E-rate process, specific requirements for the upcoming funding year and a line-by-line review of the Form 470, the first step in the application process.
  • Day Two (12/4)will offer line-by line review and analysis of the filing of the Form 471, the actual application for discounts on eligible services.
Audience: Persons who would be responsible for filing E-rate applications.
Dr. Dan Farslow is the State of Ohio E-rate Coordinator and Program Manager for E-rate Support and Information at the Ohio SchoolNet Commission.

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