SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 194
December 19, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Universal Service Applications|
The Schools and Libraries Corporation has released applications and instructions for Universal Service discounts which are included as attachments to this memo. These applications (forms 470 and 471) must be completed and submitted to the Schools and Libraries Corporation in order to receive discounts on telecommunications services during 1998. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 created the mechanism for the Universal Service discount program in order to ensure schools and libraries are able to purchase telecommunications services at affordable rates. Eligible schools and libraries will receive discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access, and installation and maintenance of internal connections. Discounts range from twenty to ninety percent based on relative wealth and location. There is a filing window of 75 days during which all applications received will be treated equally. The filing window is expected to open in mid January. Applications received after the filing window will be funded on a first-come first-served basis. For more information on the Universal Service discount program, the application process, or eligible services contact Greg Weisiger at (804) 692-0335 or the Department of Education homepage at http://www.pen.k12.va.us. RTL/emt Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.