Skip to main content

South Dakota State Library Services: E-rate

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

E-Rate FAQs

  • E-rate subsidizes certain technology services and equipment in schools and libraries.
  • Most SD public libraries are eligible to apply for E-rate.
  • E-rate is funded through a universal service fee charged to companies that provide telecommunications services.
  • E-rate discounts range from 20%-85% of the costs of eligible services, based on the percentage of the local school district population eligible for the National School Lunch Program.
  • Libraries are important providers of Internet access to communities.
  • E-rate can help your library obtain affordable Internet access and telecommunications services.
  • Most SD public libraries are eligible to apply for E-rate.
  • Services to buildings - phone, internet access, and data transmission services
  • Services & equipment inside buildings - Wi-Fi, building infrastructure and networking equipment (access points, antennas, cabling, firewalls, network switches, routers, UPSs, etc.), basic maintenance of internal connections
  • Start now by talking to your library board and IT people. What does the library need? Reduced rates on internet, increased broadband capacity, better Wi-Fi? The E-rate application begins with a competitive bidding request so you'll have to be able to itemize the products and services you want.
  • The application process opens a year before the discounts begin. That means you should be ready to begin your library's application by this summer/fall for discounts in the 2018 funding year (beginning July 1, 2018).

E-rate news

Coming soon!

This November (2017) SD E-rate Coordinator, Debra Kriete, will be hosting an E-rate informational webinar especially for SD public librarians. Watch the public libraries listserv for announcement of date and time.

Questions? Contact Shawn Behrends, SDSL Data Coordinator, 605-280-5834 (direct) or 605-773-3131

E-rate resources

South Dakota has an E-rate coordinator who provides outreach and training to SD libraries and schools.

Contact the E-rate coordinator to subscribe to SD E-rate listserv messages about training opportunities, filing advice, and deadlines.

Debra M. Kriete, Esq.
South Dakota E-rate Coordinator  / 888-232-0241 (toll free)