Bring 21st Century Library Services to all New Yorkers: Support E-rate

What is the E-rate Program?

On May 7, 1997, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order, commonly referred to as "E-Rate" (Education Rate), ensures that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. Up to $2.25 billion annually was authorized initially to provide eligible schools and libraries with E-Rate discounts. The amount actually allocated by Congress for 1998-99 was $1.9 billion, but the full $2.25 billion has been authorized each year beginning with 1999-2000. As of FY 2019 the annual E-rate cap for both category one and category two services is $4.15 billion, indexed to inflation. During times of zero inflation or deflation, the funding cap will remain the same as the previous year.

outline of New York State

The E-rate Program is important to New York State. It ensures that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services.

How does the E-rate Program help New York State Libraries?

The E-Rate Program provides funding to eligible public libraries and public library systems, not-for-profit special libraries, and reference and research library resources systems. In Program Years 1-22, New York received a yearly average of $10.1 million for a grand total of almost $225 million from the E-Rate Program. New York's libraries have received almost $6.6 million, as of January 2020, for Program Year 22 (2019). This funding helps libraries purchase affordable advanced telecommunications services, Internet connectivity, and internal connections to meet the information needs of New Yorkers — critical infrastructure in today's information-rich world.


NEW YORK STATE LIBRARIES AND LIBRARY SYSTEMS:
E-Rate Funding Received Years 13-22 (2010-2019)

chart shows e-rate funding years 1-20
E-Rate Funding Received Years 13-22 (2010-2019)
Year Funding Amount Waves
2010 a $8,513,966.80 1-133
2011 b $8,708,762.02 1-133
2012 c $8,829,555.88 1-127
2013 d $9,057,980.77 1-130
2014 e $8,511,018.45 1-111
2015 f $12,095,972.28 1-89
2016 g $8,770,414.10 1-85
2017 h $7,229,499.76 1-80
2018 i $7,312,575.66 1-80
2019 j $6,598,944.29 1-44

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Last Updated: May 27, 2021 --sm; for questions or comments contact Natalie McDonough