OpenRange E-rate program
- Form 471 Deadline Extension. The form 471 is now due no later than 10:59 PM Central time on April 16th, but we suggest starting a couple of weeks early as the new form is substantially different from the old form. Ask your vendors to provide their information in a compatible template. Click here to view the templates.
- Contracts may not contain a price confidentiality clause unless there is a local rule or policy that requires price confidentiality. If you have questions, please contact the E-Rate Help Desk or the State E-Rate Coordinator.
State E-rate Coordinator
State E-rate Coordinator and Education Project Manager
About the OpenRange E-rate Program
E-rate was created by the U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996 to ensure that schools and libraries, particularly those in low-income and rural areas, have affordable access to telecommunications, internet services and related technology equipment. With the E-Rate Modernization Order, adopted July 11, 2014 (summary) and the Second E-Rate Modernization Order, adopted December 11, 2014 (summary), the focus shifted from telecommunications in general to broadband to the student in the classroom. The current cap on E-rate is $3.9 billion per year, with an additional $1 billion per year set aside for the Funding Year 15 and Funding Year 16 to provide for wireless in the classroom. Oklahoma currently receives about $49 million per year in E-rate subsidies, with about $25 million going to support Internet connectivity in schools and libraries.
OpenRange has partnered with Funds For Learning, a nationally recognized E-rate consulting firm, to provide Oklahoma schools and libraries with complimentary E-rate support services, including a help desk with real time assistance with common E-rate questions, live and prerecorded online E-rate training sessions and special news and information updates delivered via email. Use these services today.