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Programs > Technology/Library Media > Funding
The Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program (E-rate) was established as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 with the express purpose of providing affordable access to telecommunication services for all eligible schools and libraries, particularly those in rural and inner-city areas. The Program provides discounts of 20% to 90% on telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. In order to receive discounts, schools and libraries must submit applications to the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company.

For more information on the program and to access application information, go to the USAC Schools and Libraries web site.

Technology Plan Requirements: (link to word document with requirements)

Additional E-rate Resources:

E-rate Central

Contact information for approval of technology plans in Maryland:

Public Schools
Val Emrich
Director of Instructional Technology and School Library Media Programs

MD State Department of Education
Telephone: 410-767-0382
Fax: 410-333-2128

Nonpublic Schools
Christine James
Assistant Program Manager of Program Integrity Operations
Schools and Libraries Division
Universal Service Administrative Company
202-423-2678 (Voice)
202 776-0080 (Fax)

Contact Information
Greg Talley, Telecommunications Coordinator
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0075
Email:  gtalley@msde.state.md.us
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