Thune announces technology funding for Vermillion School District Sen. John Thune has announced that the Vermillion School District will receive $7,273 from the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as â�?�?E-Rate,â�? which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. â�?�?Students have the capability to access information to enhance their learning like never before,â�? said Thune. â�?�?Our school districts and libraries can serve as the gateway for students to the ever-changing world. Todayâ�?�?s students will live and work in a world greatly impacted by technology and we must ensure that our schools are preparing them to meet that challenge. As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee which has jurisdiction over the Universal Service Fund and the FCC, I will continue to work to make sure that technology is accessible to South Dakotaâ�?�?s students.â�? The Schools and Libraries Program helps connect schools and libraries through telecommunications services that might otherwise be unavailable.