Workshops Committee Programs Management Training Series Library Leadership Ohio
E-Rate Essentials
Thursday, December 09, 2004
9:30:00 AM - 3:30:00 PM

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building

2111 Snow Road Parma, Ohio


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

Deadline: Thursday, December 02, 2004
Limit: 30
Registered Now: 0
Contact Hours: 2

Register Thru State Library of Ohio

No Meal is included in this workshop. Lunch on your own from11:30 to 12:30.

The Universal Service Fund for Schools and Librariaes, popularly known as the E-Rate, provides all public and private schools and libraries with access to affordable telecommunications and advanced tachnologies. 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 workshop on the federal E-Rate program. The workshop provides 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 awards of discountson all applications for "telecommunication services" including local and long-distance telephone service, cellular service and T-1 lines.

Attendance at the first day of the workshop is not a prerequisite for attending the second day of the two-day workshop.

Course Content

  • Day One 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 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.

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