The E-rate program (formally known as the schools and libraries universal service support mechanism) is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The intent of this program is to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications services, broadband Internet and internal network connections. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries can apply individually or as a part of a consortia. Discounts to support five categories of service, 1) telecommunications, 2) telecommunications services, 3) Internet access, 4) internal connections and 5) basic maintenance of internal communications, can be obtained based on eligibility level of poverty and location (i.e. urban or rural).