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6 Steps to Navigating the E-Rate Application Process

navigating the e-rate process

From Competitive Bidding to Invoicing The E-Rate program, established to bridge the digital divide in education, provides funding for eligible schools, libraries, and other institutions to acquire essential telecommunications and internet services. This program operates through a structured application process that encompasses six key steps: Competitive Bidding, Selecting a Service Provider, Applying for Discounts, Application […]

What is E-Rate? Everything You Need to Know

What is e-rate?

E-Rate, also known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, is a federal program in the United States that provides discounts on telecommunications and internet services to eligible schools and libraries. The program was established as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), under the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FCC Proposes New Funding Initiative for K–12 Cybersecurity

FCC Proproses New Cybersecurity Funding for K-12 Schools

The Federal Communications Commission’s chairwoman states that the program, valued at $200 million over three years, will operate independently from E-rate funding. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has recently unveiled a proposition for a pilot program spanning three years and amounting to $200 million. This initiative aims to provide funding for the integration of cybersecurity technologies […]

Keep Accurate and Organized Records Using an E-Rate Binder

When applying for E-rate funding, it is important to keep accurate and organized records of all your E-rate-related activities. One of the best ways to do this is to create an E-rate binder that contains all the necessary documentation for compliance with the program’s rules and regulations. Here are some items that you should consider […]

What to Do After Filing Form 470 for E-rate Funding: A Comprehensive Guide

Applying for E-rate funding is a crucial step for schools and libraries that need financial assistance to support their technology and telecommunications needs. However, many people are not fully aware of what to do after submitting their Form 470. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive guide on the steps to take when applying […]

Last-Minute E-Rate Tips: Form 470 Filing Guide for 2023

2023 E-Rate form 470 Filing tips

Are you an E-rate eligible school or library preparing to file your Form 470 for FY 2023? Don’t wait until the last minute! To help you out, here are some last-minute tips to ensure that your Form 470 is submitted correctly and on time. Learn how to navigate the E-rate filing process and maximize your […]

IKON Announces ISP SNIFF Service


The team at IKON is pleased to announce our ISP SNIFF Service. IKON’s ISP SNIFF Service allows us to search for Internet Service Providers in your areas and request a bid for services based on your school’s specific needs and selection criteria. We offer this service free of charge to K-12 schools. In addition, we […]

How to Construct an E-Rate Bid Evaluation Matrix

IKON-Blog-How to Construct an E-Rate Bid Evaluation Matrix

If you’re an Operations Manager or Executive Director of a K-12 school, chances are you have looked into IT support options. For those unfamiliar with the world of IT support, it can be confusing trying to figure out which option is best for your school. You might be interested in the most cost-efficient option but worry that it won’t offer enough support. Maybe you have looked at more extensive options and wondered what is truly necessary for your school’s needs.