Category One focuses on services necessary to provide broadband connectivity to school and library buildings. This category consists of the services that provide broadband to eligible locations including data links that connect multiple points, services used to connect eligible locations to the Internet, and services that provide basic conduit access to the Internet.
Previously eligible items such as voice services have been eliminated completely from the program. This category does not include charges for content or equipment purchases.
Data Transmission Services and Internet Access are eligible for E-rate.
Leased Lit Fiber
Leased Dark Fiber
T-1, T-3, Fractional T-1
Broadband over Power Lines
Self-Provisioned Broadband Networks
Microwave Wireless Services
Eligible costs for leased lit fiber, dark fiber, and self-provisioned networks include monthly charges, special construction, installation and activation charges, modulating electronics, and maintenance and operation charges. Network Equipment and maintenance and operation costs for existing networks are eligible.
With the exception of leased dark fiber and self-provisioned broadband networks, maintenance and technical support appropriate to maintain reliable operation are only eligible for support when provided as a component of these services. All equipment and services, including maintenance and operation, must be competitively bid.
E-rate support is not eligible for:
any voice services including but not limited to voice channels, telephone services and circuit capacity dedicated to providing voice services
components of telephone service (such as directory assistance charges, custom calling services, direct inward dialing, and 900/976 call blocking)
services that may use broadband but do not provide it, including email, voicemail, and web hosting
text messaging and paging
applications and content
equipment such as computers, laptops, tablets, and all other end-user devices
inside wire maintenance plans
Off-campus use, even if used for an educational purpose, is ineligible for support and must be cost allocated out of any funding request.
Category Two focuses on broadband connectivity within school and library buildings.
Support is limited to the internal connections necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools and libraries. Basic maintenance of these connections, as well as services that manage and operate owned or leased broadband internal connections (e.g., managed internal broadband services or managed Wi-Fi) are also eligible.
Category Two funding is subject to fixed five year pre-discount budget cycles.
Broadband Internal Connections
Support is available for broadband connections used for educational purposes within, between, or among instructional buildings that comprise a library system. Eligible Internal Connections must be located at the applicant site and must be necessary to transport information to publicly accessible rooms of a library.
Internal connections support is limited to those broadband distribution services and equipment needed to deliver broadband to library patrons.
antennas, connectors, and related components used for internal broadband conections
caching (including caching service, caching equipment or components, caching servers)
firewall services and firewall components separate from basic firewall protection provided as a standard component of a vendor’s Internet access service
racks that house eligible equipment
uninterrupted power supply that supports eligible equipment
wireless access points
wireless controller systems
improvements, upgrades, and software necessary to distribute high-speed broadband throughout school buildings and libraries
cloud-based functionality of eligible equipment, such as cloud wireless controllers, are eligible
licenses for eligible equipment
software that supports eligible equipment
taxes, surcharges and other similar reasonable charges
training on how to use eligible equipment
installation and configuration (no longer has to be provided by the equipment vendor)
To focus support on only those internal connections necessary to enable high-speed broadband connectivity, E-rate support for the following is ineligible:
servers (exception: servers necessary for caching)
software (exception: software necessary to support eligible broadband internal connections)
voice over IP or video over IP components
data protection components, such as virtual private networks (exception: firewalls and uninterruptible power supply/battery backup)
Basic Maintenance of Eligible Broadband Internal Connections
Support is available for basic maintenance and technical support appropriate to maintain reliable operation when provided for eligible broadband internal connections. Support for basic maintenance will be paid for actual work performed and parts repaired or replaced. Basic maintenance is eligible for support only if it is a component of a maintenance agreement or contract for eligible broadband internal connections – the components themselves must be eligible for discounts for their associated basic maintenance services to be eligible.
Repair and upkeep of eligible hardware
Wire and cable maintenance
Basic technical support
Software upgrades and patches
The agreement or contract must specifically identify the eligible internal connections covered, including product name, model number, and location.
Basic maintenance does not include:
Services that maintain ineligible equipment
Upfront estimates that cover the full cost of every piece of eligible equipment
Services that enhance the utility of equipment
Network management services, including 24-hour network monitoring
On-site technical support
Managed Internal Broadband Services
Services provided by a third party for the operation, management, and monitoring of eligible broadband internal connections are eligible managed internal broadband services, for example managed Wi-Fi.
Management and operation of the LAN/WLAN, including installation, activation, and initial configuration of eligible components, and on-site training on the use of eligible equipment
E-rate support is limited to those expenses or portions of expenses that directly support and are necessary for the broadband connectivity within libraries