‘E-rate: What’s New for 2017?’ Workshops Scheduled

“E-rate: What’s New for 2017?” has been scheduled in locations across the state and online. What is E-rate? How can my library benefit from E-rate? How do I apply for E-rate? E-rate is a federal program that provides discounts to schools and libraries on Telecommunications, Internet access, and Internal Connections costs in order to make these services more affordable. There have been some big changes to E-rate since USAC launched the E-Rate Productivity Center(EPC) last year. This new online portal is the main point of entry for all future E-rate interactions. With your organizational account you can now use EPC to file forms, track your application status, communicate with USAC, and more. What does your library need to know to use this new E-rate portal? In this workshop, Christa (Burns) Porter, Nebraska’s State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries, will first cover the basics of the E-rate program and then show you how to access and use your account in EPC to submit your Funding Year 2017 E-rate application. Dates and locations:
    • November 14 – Norfolk, Northeast Community College
    • November 15 – Omaha, Public Library, Abrahams Branch
    • November 17 – Kearney Public Library
    • November 18 – Ogallala Public Library
    • November 29 – Lincoln, Nebraska Library Commission
    • December 1 – Online, GoToWebinar
To register for any of these sessions, go to the Nebraska Library Commission’s Training & Events Calendar and search for ‘e-rate 2017’.
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