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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

Application Process Flow Chart

General E-rate Timeline

E-rate Timeline for Funding Year 2018. Click image to see full size.

E-rate Form Deadlines

E-rate News & Updates

2/12/18 - E-rate Form 470 Deadline Thursday, February 22 is the deadline to submit the first form in the E-rate process, Form 470, for the upcoming 2018 Funding Year.

12/18/17 - E-rate: What's New for 2018? Recorded Online Session Now Available

12/14/17 - E-rate Form 471 Application Filing Window Dates Announced The Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2018 opens on January 11, 2018 and will close on March 22, 2018.

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 2018? - Recorded online session and presentation slides.

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

Previous E-rate Training Sessions: 2017  2016  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, most forms 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! 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

Changes to the E-rare Program and Complying with CIPA: A Brief FAQ - August 2017, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)

CIPA: Myths vs. Reality

E-Rate Central CIPA Resources

FCC Guide to CIPA

ALA information on CIPA

Filtering Resources

Web Filtering Software - IT community's ranked list

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 Porter 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 Porter.