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Title:E-rate Funding and Libraries: Preliminary Analysis of Trends Post-Modernization
Author(s):Jowaisas, Chris; Norlander, Bree
Subject(s):Public Libraries
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Abstract:Libraries in the United States have access to discounts on internet and telecommunications services through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Schools and Libraries Program, also known as E-rate. While the academic literature on E-rate funding is sparse, especially when it comes to analysis of library participation, it does indicate that libraries have benefited from the program. Since 2016, E-rate data has been provided openly by the Universal Services Administrative Company. We use the available data to answer questions about funding commitments to libraries including total commitments, commitments per applicant type and geographical coding, and number of unique entities. We also discuss potential future research questions related to the data, both alone and in conjunction with other available open data.
Issue Date:2021-03-17
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 is held by Chris Jowaisas and Bree Norlander. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-19

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