Verizon E‑Rate Program

Education is being transformed by a move to digital learning.


E-Rate Overview

Education is being transformed by the move to digital learning—whether in schools, at libraries, or on school buses. This drives the need for more and more network capacity and improved cyber threat protection. Verizon offers several cost-effective data, voice, network and security services to help meet your district’s communications needs and improve the learning experience.  Many of these services are eligible for E-Rate funding.

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E-Rate connectivity solutions

Access to the internet continues to be an issue for education—even schools with connectivity may not have the speed and bandwidth they need to support their learning objectives.

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Ransomware attacks in K‑12 Education

Mobile Device Management (MDM) and effective cybersecurity are critical for protecting data and devices for students and staff.

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Wi-Fi on school buses

Thanks to new funds from E-Rate, school buses can now become learning centers. Along with online instructional content, Wi-Fi on school buses has several other benefits, and Verizon connectivity can support education on the go with our mobile network solutions. 

Category 1 Includes services needed to support broadband connectivty to schools and libraries.


Our private Ethernet services are reliable and secure, with world-class performance, allowing you to connect your buildings, data centers and schools to deliver both IP and non-IP traffic securely across a single Ethernet connection. Whether you choose to use Ethernet services alone or with other Verizon Services, our common access architecture provides the flexibility to customize your network.

Dedicated Internet Access

Upgrade to a high-performance network backed by enterprise-grade, dedicated internet access. Our Internet Dedicated Services provide reliable connectivity and flexible bandwidth over a public network, so you can share content and curriculum easily and quickly.


Fios is built on a 100% fiber-optic network for high speed, capacity and reliability. It’s the technology of tomorrow, available today.


Choose from a variety of rate plans, devices and mobility solutions, all delivered over America’s best network.

Category 2 includes the internal connections needed for broadband connectivity within schools and libraries. Support is limited to the internal connections necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools and libraries.

Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) solutions

No matter how complex the specific needs, Verizon can help schools capitalize on their IT investment by providing ongoing support for mission-critical communications infrastructure. With everything from routers and switches to Wi-Fi access points, our customer premises equipment solutions help you refresh technology as you see fit. Verizon has direct relationships with the industry’s premier manufacturers and suppliers of communications equipment and we offer equipment, installation, and maintenance services at competitive prices to help you take full advantage of advances in communications technology.

 Structured cabling provides a complete solution for wiring and cable upgrades to support customers across the United States. Verizon has direct relationships with the industry's premier manufacturers and suppliers of communications components and installers to offer structured cabling services at competitive prices.

USAC links

The links below will  take you to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) web site. We provide these links as a convenience, and we are not responsible for the content on their site.

Invoicing & discount reimbursement process

There are two approved methods of issuing invoices to USAC for reimbursement under the E-Rate program. Verizon supports both the BEAR and SPI invoicing methods.

Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement

Applicants file the Form 472 Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) form if they have paid their service provider in full for the supported services and want to be reimbursed by USAC for the approved discount amount. USAC recommends that applicants file their BEAR Form 472 online. Verizon supports the online BEAR form filing process and checks USAC's web site regularly for BEAR Form 472s that require certification.

Service Provider Invoice

If the service providers have issued discounted bills to the applicants, the service providers file the Form 474 Service Provider Invoice (SPI) with USAC seeking reimbursement.

Under both methods, USAC reviews the invoices and will process the payment once the invoice has been approved.

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Get tools to help close the digital divide.

Technology is opening new learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, helping schools and libraries better connect with students and library patrons.

To improve digital equity, the federal government has provided funding to invest in critical technology through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). 

Funding under the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program subject to customer eligibility and funding availability as determined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Verizon makes no representation regarding reimbursement eligibility for purchases made by Verizon Government customers, including schools and libraries eligible for ECF. Government customers subject to the terms and conditions of their Verizon Wireless government contracts.

Eligible schools and libraries that applied for funding between April 28 and May 13, 2022 may be eligible to receive reimbursements on devices and connectivity service. 

If you have been approved for funding and you requested SPI billing, click here for the SPI Billing letter or contact your Verizon Government Account Representative.

Contact us

Verizon Wireline Services

For sales and product information:

Hours: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST

For E-Rate Reimbursement/Discounting issues or General E-Rate questions:

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Monday - Friday

Verizon Wireless Services

E-Rate Support Team regarding Service Provider Invoice (SPI) discounts, AOL and any other E-Rate related inquiries:

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) requests or any Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) audits:

SLD Client Service Bureau for inquiries about Federal Communications Commission forms or application process:

Customer Service inquiries regarding account maintenance for bill reprints or billing questions for account balance, payments, etc:

Business Support Center (now known as BGCO)