Thursday, May 22, 2003
County Executive Dennis Levinson has announced an award of more than $227,000 to help fund telecommunications and Internet costs for the Atlantic County library system's nine branches and bookmobile, in addition to nearly $44,000 in E-rate funds for several local institutions.
"We're pleased to receive this assistance for our library system, but we're even more excited to help others gain access to this important E-rate funding," stated Levinson.
The Library system received $227,367.28 in E-rate funds for 2003-2004. The E-rate is a federal program that assists eligible schools and libraries in obtaining affordable telecommunications and Internet access at a savings of 20-90% depending upon the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served. Telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections are the three areas for which funds are approved.
The county also prepared E-rate applications for the Absecon, Cape May County, Linwood, Margate, Northfield and Ocean City libraries and for St. Joseph's School in Somers Point. As a result they received $43,776.24 in funding. Additional E-rate applications are now pending.
E-rate funding was first provided by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. The Atlantic County Library System has been awarded E-rate funding every year since the program's inception.
For more information, please contact William Paullin, Atlantic County Library Director, at 625-2776, ext. 6336.