The Idaho Commission for Libraries is responsible for reimbursing Idaho public libraries for the after E-rate discount portion of the cost of approved broadband services. Broadband services include bandwidth for direct internet access and wide-area networks (WANs). The Education Opportunity Resource Committee (EORC) determines the reimbursement methodology.
Note: Category 2 (Equipment) applications are not eligible for state reimbursement.
To receive broadband reimbursement, entities must:
Make a good-faith effort to apply for and receive E-rate funding
Follow applicable procurement law and E-rate competitive bidding requirements
Supply all requested broadband information and documentation to ICfL
BROADBAND REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS
The broadband reimbursement process consists of the following steps:
Eligible entities apply for E-rate funding
ICfL collects broadband information and copy of signed contract(s), if any
(1st Half: December) Submit July – December broadband invoices to ICfL
After review, ICfL issues broadband reimbursement for July – December
(2nd Half: May) Submit January – April/May broadband invoices to ICfL
(2nd Half: August) Submit May/June broadband invoices to ICfL
After review, ICfL issues broadband reimbursement for January – June
NOTE: If the May and June invoices are not submitted by the August deadline, your library will not receive a 2nd half reimbursement.
REIMBURSABLE BANDWIDTH LEVELS
The EORC determines the minimum and maximum amounts of bandwidth eligible for reimbursement, which is based on total population served for public libraries.
Total Population Served < 50,000: Minimum 4 Mbps & Maximum 200 Mbps
Total Population Served ≥ 50,000: Minimum 4 Mbps & Maximum 1 Gpbs
Reimbursements for entities over the maximum must be appealed to the EORC.
An entity whose broadband reimbursement is denied or adjusted may appeal the decision to the EORC. The appeal must be in writing, including any necessary documents, and be submitted to ICfL prior to the next meeting. If the initial appeal is denied, an entity may make an in-person or phone appeal to the EORC at the next scheduled meeting.