E-rate 2.0

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On July 23, the FCC released the E-rate Reform Order, detailing how the program will be modernized to focus on high-speed broadband and Internet access and to create an opportunity for all applicants to receive E-rate funding for internal connections beginning in Funding Year 2015.  In this section you will find documents and information related to E-rate 2.0.

Highlights:

  • Webhosting, e-mail and paging service will no longer be eligible beginning in FY 2015.
  • All voice services, including cellular service, will be phased out beginning in FY 2015 by reducing the applicant’s shared discount by 20% each year.
  • Districts will now use a district-wide discount based on total district enrollment and total NSLP eligibility.
  • 2010 Census data will now be used to determine Rural/Urban classifications.
  • Commercially available 100+ mbps Internet packages costing less than $3600/year will no longer have to be competitively bid.
  • The 90% discount band for Priority 2 requests will now be 85%.  All other discounts will remain the same.
  • P2 equipment eligibility is solely based on internal broadband functionality and Wi-Fi — no voice or video equipment is eligible.
  • Each school building will qualify for a $150 per pupil budget (or minimum of $9200) over 5 years for P2 purchases.
  • Each library building will qualify for a $2.30 per square foot budget (or minimum of $9200) over 5 years for P2 purchases.
  • The technology plan requirement has been repealed entirely.
  • A 1-time invoice (BEAR or SPI) extension will be granted but only if submitted by invoice deadline (typically October 28).

Training and Outreach Related to E-rate 2.0 Erate-arrow

Got Broadband?
The FCC has released two interactive maps showing every public school district and the percentage of its schools that have fiber, and whether each library has fiber.  Click here Erate-arrow to see if your data is accurate and if not, how you can fix it.


 

Helpful Documents Related to E-rate 2.0:

 

 

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