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E-rate & California Teleconnect Fund

The E-rate and the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) programs provide discounts to schools and libraries for eligible broadband and telecommunications services.

E-rate and the CTF are programs that provide discounts on broadband and telecommunications services to eligible schools. Although there are differences in eligible services and discount rates, it is possible for schools to receive significant discounts on broadband and telecommunications costs by using both E-rate and CTF discounts.


The Schools and Libraries Program, also known as the E-rate program, makes telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools in America. Mandated by Congress in 1996 and implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1997, the E-rate program provides discounted telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools, funded by the Universal Service Fund. Learn more about E-rate.

California Teleconnect Fund

The CTF is a state program that provides discounts on advanced communication services, such as broadband Internet, and voice services to qualified non-profits. Administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the purpose of this program is to facilitate access to more advanced communications at a discounted rate. Learn more about CTF External link opens in new window or tab..

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Last Reviewed: Monday, July 30, 2018
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