What is E-Rate with Andrew Epting – LibraryVoicesSC Podcast Episode 31

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Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the importance of E-Rate service to schools and libraries in South Carolina with Andrew Epting, Program Manager and E-Rate Coordinator for South Carolina. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation created in 1997 to collect universal service contributions from telecommunications carriers and administer universal support mechanisms (programs) designed to help communities across the country secure access to affordable telecommunications services. USAC carries out its functions as the administrator of the federal universal service programs and Universal Service Fund (USF) under the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). USAC administers universal service programs for high cost companies in rural areas, low-income consumers, rural health care providers, and schools and libraries. The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services. Listen online at PodbeanStitcher, or TuneIn Radio today! 

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