‘E-rate: What’s New for 2018?’ Workshops Scheduled

‘E-rate: What’s New for 2018?’ 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). This new online portal is the main point of entry for all 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 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 2018 E-rate application. Dates and locations:
    • November 6 – Kearney Public Library
    • November 7 – McCook Public Library
    • November 8 – Scottsbluff Public Library
    • November 14 – Plainview Public Library
    • November 20 – Blair Public Library
    • November 29 – Seward Memorial Library
    • December 5 – Online, GoToWebinar
NOTE: A location in the southeast part of the state is being finalized and will be announced soon. To register for any of these sessions, go to the Nebraska Library Commission’s Training & Events Calendar and search for ‘e-rate 2018’.
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