Funding guide

FCC - E-Rate Program

Broadband Funding Guide

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Agency Overview

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation.

Program Name

E-Rate Program

Program Overview

The schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-Rate program, helps schools and libraries to obtain affordable broadband. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium. Funding may be requested under two categories of service: category one services to a school or library (telecommunications, telecommunications services and Internet access), and category two services that deliver Internet access within schools and libraries (internal connections, basic maintenance of internal connections, and managed internal broadband services). Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and whether the school or library is located in an urban or rural area. The discounts range from 20 percent to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services. E-Rate program funding is based on demand up to an annual Commission-established cap.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Public Computer Access
Eligible Recipients
  • Libraries
  • K-12 Schools

Agency Contact

Telecommunications Access Policy Division
FCC Wireline Competition Bureau
(202) 418-7400

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount

$4,060,000,000 [funding cap]