MBLC E-rate consultant, Aleck Johnson, of EdTech Strategies, will leading a series of E-rate training sessions for Massachusetts public libraries over the next two years.  Trainings will include: a general overview of the program; procurement, evaluation and selection of vendors; receipt of service and invoicing; and compliance with CIPA, the Children's Internet Protection Act.

Benefits of E-rate (9/19/23)

In this meeting – the first of a series of meetings and trainings – we hear from three Massachusetts libraries that have used E-rate to upgrade their technology infrastructure.  They share information about the benefits they’ve reaped, the challenges they’ve faced, and share how they have effectively taken advantage of the program.  We also cover MBLC’s new initiative to help interested libraries take advantage of the program, including upcoming trainings and support resources.

Before You Apply (11/1/2023)

In this meeting, learn about various federal accounts to set up and information to collect before you start the process of applying to E-Rate.

Finding a Service Provider (11/16/2023)

In this meeting, learn how to navigate the procurement process required for any services you want to get funding for from the E-Rate program.

Contracting and Applying for Funds (1/24/2024)

In this meeting, complete the procurement process by selecting a service provider and signing a contract with them, then officially apply for your E-Rate discount.

Finishing the Process (4/24/2024)

In this meeting, learn about what happens after the application is filed: the review process, Funding Committment Decision Letters, starting your service(s), and complying with the Children's Internet Protection Act.


E-rate Questions & Help

Aleck Johnson, EdTech Strategies
(MBLC consultant)

State E-rate coordinator (libraries)

Kate Butler, Library Information Systems Specialist
617-725-1860 x253
857-488-6345 (Mobile)