In 1998, the Universal Service Fund (USF) to schools and libraries, commonly referred to as E-rate, was implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) applied for E-rate funding in Funding Years 1998 and 1999 on behalf of all schools in West Virginia. Beginning in Funding Year 2000, the county school districts took over the application process for funding dollars at the local level. The WVDE continues to apply for schools in association with statewide technology projects such as Tools for Schools (formerly BS/CE and SUCCESS), statewide Internet access and state backbone.
The WVDE, Office of Technology Integration and Support (OTIS), continues to provide technical assistance with the E-rate application process to all West Virginia counties and schools requesting funding and approves county technology plans for E-rate eligibility. In addition to the applications, OTIS has also filed for the counties/schools any clarifications or appeals needed for all Funding Years as requested.
Materials to assist with the application process are available. The introduction to new information, the exchange of questions and answers and the provision for other technical assistance by OTIS will help counties and schools maximize the benefits and cost discounts of E-rate.
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As part of its outreach initiative, USAC will be posting video tutorials so that applicants and service providers in the program can learn about filing program forms, maintaining required program documentation, and other key concepts for successfully participating in the Schools and Libraries Program.
USAC has posted these tutorials to the sites listed below. You will be redirected to a page where the videos have been uploaded. You should be able to view the tutorials on the web page.
Please come back to this page for updated information as new tutorials are posted.
USAC Schools and Libraries Video Tutorials Available:
USAC Tutorials at Blip.tv – For slower connections; can be viewed by most browsers.
USAC Blog – Higher quality; requires latest Flash player.
USAC Tutorials at MotionBox – Higher quality. You should have latest version of your browser, and select "SD - Standard Definition" if not already selected.
Note: Files are posted in various formats (Quicktime and Windows Media). If you want to view the tutorials in Flash video, you should get the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.
For more information on E-rate in West Virginia, contact
Julia Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org