Illinois tops recent E-Rate distribution

The seventh wave of E-Rate commitment letters released Friday distributed more than $50 million throughout the nation, with Illinois receiving $8.3 million, the most of any state.

E-Rate, officially known as the Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, provides discounts of 20 percent to 90 percent to K-12 public and private schools and public libraries on telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections. The program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Services Administrative Co.

California and South Carolina each received more than $5 million in the latest wave of letters, and Mississippi got more than $4.1 million. Michigan rounded out the top five with nearly $3.3 million. To date, nearly $480 million in second-year commitments have been made in letters to more than 14,000 schools and libraries.

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