Important E-Rate Funding Update for K-12 Schools & Libraries

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in Jeff Nolte's Blog

For years, K-12 schools and libraries have counted on E-Rate funding to modernize and maintain their voice and data communications infrastructure. At the end of 2014, the FCC reduced the total cost of the E-Rate program, and announced it would discontinue funding traditional voice communications such as dial-tone service, long-distance services and voicemail, while eliminating VoIP funding in phases over the next five years.

In the past, K-12 schools and libraries received partial funding at levels from 20% to 90% of their total VoIP costs through the E-Rate program.

Under the new guidelines, K-12 schools and libraries will see their funding decrease by 20% for each successive year until all funding is phased out by 2019.

It’s not too late for E-Rate… Chesapeake will help you navigate the changes for 2016. Contact us today at: (800) 787-4848 or jnolte@ctsmd.us