E-Rate in Washington

E-Rate is the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism that provides discounts to most schools and libraries in the United States on their telecommunications and Internet access costs. These discounts are available on four key areas of service:

  1. Telecommunications Services
  2. Internet Access
  3. Internal Connections (Other than basic maintenance)
  4. Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections

The process that schools and libraries must follow when applying for E-Rate discounts is as follows:

  1. Preparing a technology plan
  2. Opening the competitive process (Form 470)
  3. Seeking discounts on eligible services (Form 471)
  4. Confirming the receipt of services (Form 486)
  5. Invoicing for services (Forms 472 and 474)


OSPI link to E-Rate Frequently Asked Questions

E-Rate Flowchart (PDF)

E-Rate Flowchart (HTML)

For more information on e-Rate and the specific instructions and forms for applying for e-Rate discounts, please go to the Universal Service Administrative Company’s web site at http://www.universalservice.org/sl/tools/required-forms.aspx.