The Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) Program is a program within the Universal Service Fund that assists schools and libraries across the United States in obtaining and affording advanced telecommunications services. WTA members are committed to serving their communities, especially anchor institutions such as schools and libraries. Whenever possible, WTA members strive to offer fiber-to-the-premises service so that the needs of their communities are met.
In 2014, the FCC approved its Second E-Rate Modernization Order allowing schools to self-construct their own fiber networks that often overbuild existing networks which were paid for by the USF High Cost Program. WTA continues to monitor these developments and has advocated for reform to ensure that existing networks are utilized rather than unnecessarily spending limited USF support on duplicative fiber networks.