Vermillion schools will receive E-Rate funding

Vermillion schools will receive E-Rate funding Sen. Tom Daschle has announced that the Vermillion School District will receive $5,767 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology for schools and libraries.

The discounts are part of the E-Rate program, which provides public and private schools and libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services.

"This E-Rate grant will help the Vermillion School District meet its objective of giving students improved telecommunications services, a priority for all of South Dakota's parents and educators," Sen. Daschle said.

E-Rate discounts range from 20 to 90 percent of the cost of telecommunications, Internet access, and network wiring. Schools and libraries in low-income urban and rural areas qualify for the highest discounts. The program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission.

This year, South Dakota schools and libraries have received $273,785 in discounts. Since the E-Rate program's inception in 1998, more than $22.5 million in discounts has been given to South Dakota.

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