Welcome to the Tennessee State E-rate Coordinator Homepage!

Here you will find E-rate information, resources, and essential tools to help you navigate the E-rate process.  You will also find up-to-date E-rate news and opportunities for E-rate training sessions scheduled across Tennessee.


FY 2024 FCC Form 471 - Category 1 - TennSEC

FY 2024 FCC Form 471 - Category 2 - TennSEC

Tennessee State E-Rate Training Registration Links - TennSEC

  • East TN (Knox County)
  • Wednesday October 25, 2023
  • 801 Tipton Avenue Knoxville, TN 37920
  • Register Here

  • West TN (Lexington)
  • 162 Monroe Ave. Lexington, TN 38351
  • Wednesday November 1, 2023
  • Register Here

  • Middle TN (Murfreesboro)
  • 2552 South Church Street Murfreesboro, TN 37127
  • Tuesday November 7, 2023
  • Register Here

FY 2023 Form 471 Application Process - TennSEC

Download FY 2023 Form 471 Application Process Slides

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) 3rd Window - TennSEC

Download Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) 3rd Window TennSEC Powerpoint

E-Rate Training 2022

Download FY2022 TN Training Administrative Window

Download FY2022 TN Training E-Rate Basics

Download FY2022 TN Training Form 471 Guide

Download FY2022 TN Training PIA Review v2

Download FY2022 TN Training Post Commitment

Download FY2022 TN Training TEBC Mini-Bids and Competitve Bidding

Tennessee State E-Rate Training Registration Links - TennSEC

  • East TN - Knox County (Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center)
  • Wednesday November 10, 2021 from 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Register Here

  • West TN - Lexington City (Caywood Elementary)
  • Tuesday November 16, 2021 from 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Register Here

  • Middle TN - Murfreesboro City Schools (District Office)
  • Thursday November 18, 2021 from 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Register Here

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) 2nd Window - TennSEC

Download Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) 2nd Window Powerpoint

ECF Office Hour

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)-TennSEC

Download Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Powerpoint

E-Rate Office Hour April 23, 2021

Download E-Rate Office Hour Powerpoint

Download TennSEC FY2021 Filing Statistics Powerpoint

Download E-Rate Office Hour - Benefits Powerpoint

Download Form 486 Instructions PDF

FY 2021 Form 471 and further updates

Download FY2021 Form 471 Training Pdf

Download TennSEC FY2021 TN Training TBEC Mini-Bids Refresher Pdf

C2 Budgets and TEBC Mini-Bids

Download FY2021 TN Training TEBC Mini-Bids Pdf

Download TennSEC FY2021 C2 Refresh Pdf

TN Training E-Rate Administrative Window

Download Powerpoint for Video

Tennessee C2 Budget Tool for FY 2021

Download Tennessee C2 Budget Tool for FY 2021

Download Tennessee C2 Budget Tool Data for FY 2021

E-Rate for Beginners

Download Powerpoint for Video

Understanding E-Rate

The Federal Education Rate (E-rate) program is one part of the Universal Service Fund established by the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The program provides at least $2.25 billion dollars annually to eligible schools and public libraries in the United States to obtain discounts on technology for use by school children and library patrons.


The E-rate program may provide discounts of 20% to 90% to an eligible organization and discounts are available for telecommunications and advanced telecommunications products as services (subject to eligibility requirements).  The discount available is typically based on the number of students in the local school district eligible for the National School Lunch Program and the urban or rural location of the eligible entity.



How E-Rate Works

Eligible entities must apply on an annual basis for E-rate discounts.  Applications are made online to the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  The SLD reviews applications before making a final funding decision. For a period of five years from the last date of service(s) received, the SLD may audit the funding request to ensure that the service and/or equipment procured with E-rate funds continue to meet federal E-rate regulations, as codified by the Federal Communications Commission.


Tennessee Distance Learning Showcase

Watch this video to witness the great things our Tennessee School Districts are doing with Distance Learning and Collaborative Education: 

The broadband connection used was 150 Mbps (dedicated).  The Dyersburg High School connection is usually 100 Mbps (shared with another school in the district) but because they were hosting the TN State Technology Conference, they temporarily bumped their connectivity to 150 Mbps.  This type of robust, multi connection video collaboration would not be possible during a regular school day without the additional bandwidth.


The session connected:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Greeneville, TN
  • Loudon, TN
  • Yakutat, Alaska
  • Dyersburg, TN


E-Rate Resources


  • Visit USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division website. Click here.
  • Download the latest E-rate Eligible Services List. Click here.
  • Search for vendor Service Provider Identification Numbers (SPIN). Click here.
  • Apply Online for E-rate funds. Click here.