Saginaw-based MiCTA, a national non-profit cooperative purchasing organization, has selected E-Rate Central to provide E-Rate consulting services to its eligible members.

MiCTA’s Master Service Agreement will enable E-Rate eligible MiCTA members to purchase exceptional E-Rate consulting services at a discount.

The E-rate is a discounted rate on Internet connectivity, computers and other electronic gear offered to educational institutions and other nonprofits through a service charge on phone bills.

Said MiCTA COO Tim von Hoff: “The E-Rate program is vitally important to our eligible K-12, rural healthcare and library members. Being able to offer E-Rate consulting services from E-Rate Central will enable our members to take advantage of significant discounts on telecommunications and Internet services.”

Using MiCTA’s Master Service Agreement, E-Rate eligible MiCTA members may contract for complete E-Rate consulting services from E-Rate Central cost-effectively.  MiCTA’s cooperative purchasing model delivers competitively bid contracts that provide significant cost savings to its members and eliminates their need to conduct their own competitive bidding processes.

The MiCTA Master Service Agreement with E-Rate Central is effective through April 2013.

“Our E-Rate-eligible members will realize significant benefits from MiCTA’s relationship with E-Rate Central,” says von Hoff. “We look forward to working with E-Rate Central and our members to help them acquire highly cost effective telecommunications and Internet services through the federal E-Rate program.”

MiCTA represents thousands of higher education, K-12, health care, library, governmental and charitable entities. Nationally, MiCTA seeks to resolve common voice, video and data issues, provide helpful information, participate in legislative and regulatory telecommunications advocacy, and negotiate discounted purchase contracts for telecommunications and technology services for its members. More at

E-Rate Central is a specialized educational consulting firm dedicated to simplifying the E-rate application and funding process for schools, state education departments, educational service agencies, and libraries. E-Rate Central has almost 300 E-rate applicants nationwide.  Our clients range in size from the very small (including a few small school districts in Alaska reached only by float plane) to a number of states and large city districts (including New York City).


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