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E-rate Trends Report

Discover the Results

The purpose of the Trends Report is to provide stakeholders with a broader picture of the E-rate program. The data and information provided is derived from publicly available funding request data as well as a nationwide survey of applicants conducted annually.

Funds For Learning to release findings from its 11th annual E-rate Trends Report. Over 2,100 responses were submitted by E-rate applicants, 10.1% response rate.


E-rate fulfilling its mission. 95% of applicants agree that E-rate is vital to their Internet connectivity.

EdTech Landscape

Digital learning continues to explode. 88% expect bandwidth needs to increase in the next 3 years.

Impact on Purchasing

New policies yield lower prices. 85% of applicants agree that E-rate supports cost-effective spending & 68% agree that it helps lower prices

Changes to ESL

Network security is a critical issue. 97% of applicants agree that network security should qualify for E-rate support


Barriers to Internet still exist. 90% of applicants agree that insufficient Internet access is significant issue

Program Administration

New admin creating positive results. Only 9% of applicants are dissatisfied with USAC, the program administer.

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Past E-rate Trends Reports

2020Trends Report

2019 Trends Report

2018 Trends Report

2017 Trends Report

2016 Trends Report

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