Hosted VoIP Leader Expands Its Presence in the Education Market
Alteva, North America’s largest provider of enterprise hosted VoIP, today announced its participation in the Universal Service Administrative Company’s Schools and Libraries Program, also known as E-Rate. Through this program, discounts are provided to assist most schools and libraries in the U.S. obtain affordable telecommunication service, Internet access and phone hardware. Discounts up to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services are given, depending on economic need and location.
Through E-Rate, a participating school or library is responsible for providing additional resources such as end user equipment (computers, telephones, etc.), software, professional development and other elements necessary to realize the objectives of that connectivity. Four service categories are funded: telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections other than basic maintenance and basic maintenance of internal connections.
“By expanding our presence in the education market, we’re able to offer a feature rich hosted telephony solution to the educational community, bringing innovative communications right into the classroom, while at the same time offering dramatic discounts for authorized services through the E-Rate program,” said Louis Hayner, Vice President of Sales, Alteva. “Alteva’s hosted solution is now a preferred choice for non-profit private schools, public schools and libraries who are allotted only a certain amount of spending per month on telecommunications.”
Alteva’s IP phone service provides affordable, high quality hosted IP PBX, and calling functionality over a single IP network interface. With a powerful yet easy-to-use interface, users are free to maintain, update and expand their telephony system in their own time, at no extra cost.
Alteva, North America’s largest provider of Enterprise Hosted VoIP, has become the pioneer for showcasing the high quality and reliability of Hosted VoIP solutions. Alteva provides businesses with “Communication as a Service” that requires minimal installation and configuration while eliminating monthly phone system maintenance charges and reducing overall telephony costs. With a sophisticated open standards infrastructure, Alteva enables businesses to easily integrate existing business applications. Rather than building their processes around the limitations of their phone system, Alteva’s customers build their phone systems around their ideal processes. Based in Philadelphia, Alteva provides internet access, telephone system and service to growth-oriented businesses in 48 states and 9 countries.
About the E-Rate Program
The E-rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The program was set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The order was designed to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. Up to $2.25 billion annually is available to provide eligible schools and libraries with discounts under the E-rate program for authorized services.