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How does E-Rate Support Alabama Applicants?

Alabama E-Rate applicants, including public schools, private schools and public libraries from around the State, have been participating in the E-Rate program since it began in 1998.  Together, these valuable facilities have received over $552 million in E-Rate discounts during the first seventeen years of the program. These discounts provided services such as Internet Access, Wide Area Network telecommunications services, local and long distance telecommunications services, Local Area Networks, and many other eligible services and equipment.  The E-Rate program is not a grant program. Eligible applicants apply annually for discounts on eligible services and equipment.  The discounts range from 20% - 90% and depend primarily upon National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participation and enrollment.  In Alabama the average discount is approximately 76% for public schools.