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E-rate Discounts for Nebraska's Public Libraries
(Universal Service Fund)

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About the E-rate program

What is E-rate?

Overview of the E-rate Process

File Along With Me - USAC's new blog, covering the application process step-by-step. Serves as a very useful schedule for managing your application in the new EPC portal.

Application Process Flow Chart

General E-rate Timeline

E-rate Timeline for Funding Year 2016. Click image to see full size.

E-rate Form Deadlines

E-rate News & Updates

4/15/16 - The application filing window for libraries for E-rate Form 471 has been extended until July 21, 2016! See the USAC Special Edition News Brief for details.

2/3/16 - E-rate Form 471 Application Filing Window Opens! The Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2016 opened today at noon EST and will close on Friday, April 29 at 11:59pm EDT.

12/4/15 - E-rate: What's New for 2016? - Recording now available

E-Rate Modernization Order

Glossary of E-rate Acronyms and Terms

Background of the Universal Service Fund: E-Rate 

Nebraska E-Rate Mailing List The E-rate Program

E-Rate Central


E-rate: What's New for 2016? - Recorded online session (2 hours, 11 minutes) and presentation slides.

USAC's Online Learning Library - video demos and information about filing E-rate forms

Previous E-rate Training Sessions: 2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  

Forms required for E-rate participation

E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) - account and application management portal for the E-rate program. As of Funding Year 2016, all forms must be submitted via the EPC.

Search Tools - Look up the status of your application

Download Forms and Instructions - PDF

Form 470 - Description of Services Requested and Certification Form

Eligible Services List  

Form 471 - Services Ordered and Certification Form

New for 2016! Before you start your 471:

1. Update your Organization Profile

2. Answer your Connectivity Questions

FRN Drop-down menus for Function - Internet/Voice/Category Two

FCC Registration Number - look up your library's FCC RN or request a FCC RN

FSCS Code - look up your library's FSCS ID Number - choose the 'Central Library' entry, marked with a Central Library.

Calculating Your Discount - Instructions/Example for Libraries

Nebraska Schools Free and Reduced Lunch Counts by School

Urban/Rural Lookup Tool

Discount Matrix

Form 486 - Receipt of Service Confirmation Form

Form 474 or 472 - Invoice USAC

Form 474 - Service Provider Invoice (SPI) - to receive the discount on your bill; submitted by service provider.

Form 472 - Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form - to receive reimbursement after you have paid your bill; submitted by applicant.

Form 498 - Service Provider And Billed Entity Identification Number and Contact Information Form - to submit banking information to USAC for BEAR Direct Payments

DUNS Number Lookup - look up your library's DUNS Number

Get a DUNS number - if your library doesn't already have one.

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

USAC CIPA Information and Instructions

Full text of CIPA Act

CIPA: Myths vs. Reality

E-Rate Central CIPA Resources

FCC Guide to CIPA

ALA information on CIPA

Filtering Resources

Internet Filtering in libraries

Internet Filtering & Libraries  

List of content-control software - Wikipedia

Technology Plans

As of Funding Year 2015, Technology Plans are no longer required for E-rate. This information is still provided for previous years, and anyone needing a Technology Plan for other purposes.

Technology Planning  


Christa Burns is the State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries in Nebraska. She can be reached at the Library Commission via email, or by calling 402-471-3107, or 800-307-2665.

Nebraska E-rate contacts for public libraries and schools

E-rate Funding Recipients


For more information, contact Christa Burns.