It’s the final countdown for this E-rate filing season. In order to apply for E-rate funding, schools must file their FCC Form 470s by April 1st – that’s one week from today!

E-rate funding can help your school upgrade its network to support digital learning and enhance educational opportunities for students. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) oversees the E-rate program, which offers $3.9B worth of discounts to K-12 schools and libraries each year on the purchase of internet access, networking equipment, and maintenance. Due to the $1.9B in rollover funding, there is an unprecedented $5.8B available for the 2016 funding year, so don’t miss this opportunity!

So make sure you get your FCC Form 470 filed by Friday, April 1 at midnight Eastern Time. If you need more information about how E-rate funding can help your school, go to Cisco’s E-rate page here or visit the Cisco E-rate Helpdesk for Cisco product eligibility information. If you’re ready to submit your Form 470 or need more detailed information on the submission process, go to the USAC website to get started.


Renee Patton

Former Global Director of Education and Healthcare

Global Industry Solutions Group