E-Rate Funding

Expanding access to affordable internet and networking initiatives

What is E-Rate?

The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as E-Rate, offers funding for broadband and networking solutions to most public schools and libraries in the United States. Depending on the recipient organization’s location and level of need, E-Rate provides eligible K-12 schools and libraries discounts ranging from 20-90% toward the cost of qualifying equipment and services.

Who can apply for E-Rate services?


  • Schools must meet the definitions found in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
  • An elementary school is a nonprofit institutional day or residential school, including a public elementary charter school, that provides elementary education, as determined under state law.
  • A secondary school is a nonprofit institutional day or residential school, including a public secondary charter school, that provides secondary education, as determined under state law, except that such term does not include any education beyond grade 12.


  • Libraries must meet the definition of library or library consortium found in the 1996 Library Services and Technology Act.
  • They must be eligible for assistance from the state library administration agency under that act.

The basic E-Rate cycle

E-Rate Cycle

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Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN)

SHI International Corp.


SHI Government Solutions (SHI GS – Texas Only)



Why collaborate with SHI for your E-Rate needs?

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30 years supporting education customers

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10 years of E-Rate experience

Subject Matter Experts

E-Rate subject matter experts

As an eligible Service Provider under the Schools and Libraries Program, we focus on assisting your organization with the internet and networking initiatives that will propel your technology plans forward. With over 30 years supporting education customers, a decade of E-Rate experience, and a dedicated team of E-Rate subject matter experts, we are well-positioned to help you take advantage of your Category 1 and Category 2 E-Rate funding.

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