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E-Rate for Schools & Libraries

Maximize Your
E-rate Funding for 2023

Now more than ever, student success requires innovative technology solutions that enable active learning in and out of the classroom, but the growing demands of mobility, security, and the entire infrastructure mean you’re doing well just to keep your head above water. To keep up and ensure you get your share of E-rate funding, you need a trusted partner to provide the expertise you need so your school or library can focus on what it does best – educating students and preparing them for their future.

Partner with Cerium as your trusted advisor. Let us help you leverage E-rate funding to implement robust IT infrastructure and security solutions that help educators, staff, and students rise to meet the challenges of today’s digital world. As an approved E-rate provider, Cerium can help your school or library save up to 90% on internet and technology solutions.



Learn about
The Children's Internet
Protection Act (CIPA)

CIPA imposes requirements on schools and libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the federal E-rate program.  

E-Rate Updates

E-Rate Funding Year 2023 represents the third year of the program since the FCC’s Report & Order announced in 2019 made significant updates to the program that became effective starting in 2021. E-Rate follows a 5-year budget cycle and here are some of the highlights in effect from that order.

  • All Category 2 budgets are renewed for funding starting year 2021
  • Category 2 budgets are fixed for 5-year periods
  • Budgets are based on the entire school district enrollment instead of a per-school basis
  • The minimum funding floor is $25,000
  • The budget allocation per student is $167 for schools and $4.50 per square foot for libraries

E-rate Eligible Services List (ESL)

Category 2: Includes the internal connections needed for broadband connectivity within schools and libraries. Support is limited to the internal connections necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools and libraries. These are broadband connections used for educational purposes within, between, or among instructional buildings that comprise a school campus or library branch, and basic maintenance of these connections, as well as services that manage and operate owned or leased broadband internal connections (e.g., managed internal broadband services or managed Wi-Fi). Category 2 support is subject to per-school or per-library budgets as set forth in 47 CFR § 54.502.

Category 2

Managed internal connectivity services that relieve the burden of managing a digital infrastructure.

  • Managed Wi-Fi
  • Managed Router Service
  • Managed Security

E-Rate Timeline

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