In 1996, the President signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Under the new legislation, universal service, previously designated to ensure affordable access for consumers to basic telephone service, has been expanded to include an "E-Rate", or education rate, for schools and libraries. As part of the E-Rate, telecommunications carriers must now offer their lowest corresponding rates to elementary and secondary schools and to public libraries. In addition, schools and libraries will be allowed additional 20-90 percent discounts on top of the lowest corresponding rate for telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections.
To learn more about the Schools and Libraries Corporation E-Rate program, please visit the website at www.sl.universalservice.org. While there, you may review Peach Public Libraries' Form 470 - Description of Services Requested and Certification Form
Email your questions or comments to Peach Public Libraries' E-Rate Coordinator.
View our Request For Proposals (RFPs) for Funding Year 2014 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015):
Questions and Answers from Vendors, re: Internet Access RFP:
Q: Will you require a performance bond on the RFP response?
A: No. The proposal was written in a way that would leave the option to the bidder. If you would like to provide a performance bond, that would be fine, however, you are not required to do so if the bid/proposal is written in such a way that would provide the library(ies) with the same protection that the bond would.