December 17, 2019

E-Rate Cat 2 Funding FY2020 FY2021

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Report and Order making significant changes to the E-Rate rules for Category Two funding requests.

Below please find a summary of the main points going ahead.

As of 2021, The program is made simpler and schools benefit more:

  1. All schools and library budgets will be reset to a new five year plan.
  2. A school can submit funding requests in any funding year during a five-year cycle.
  3. The Category Two funding floor (Minimum) will be increased from $9,200 per site to $25,000.
  4. Per student budget multipliers will increase to $167/student, with a $25,000 minimum for schools with less than 149 students.

You may wonder, what then will happen this year, 2020/21?

  1. The FCC extended the five-year period, started in 2015, by one year.
  2. Category One: No change, you will be funded according to your discount level.
  3. Category Two: Depending on how much of your Category Two five-year budget you have used until 2020/21, you can maximize your access to funding by asking for the money remaining from that budget plus 20% of the budget you were entitled to in the same five-year period. Example: If you are a small school and did not use the minimum $9,200 budget, you can ask for the $9,200 + $1,840 (20% of the allocated budget) as the basis of your discount. On the other hand, if the school used it’s $9,200 budget, it will still have access to a budget of $1,840 for 2020/21.
  4. For FY2020 – Eligible Services List remains the same.

MetComm.Net holds an A+ accreditation by the BBB. We offer all IT services sanctioned by E-Rate as of 1997. 

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  • Wire and cable maintenance.
  • Configuration changes.
  • Basic technical support including online and telephone-based technical support.
  • Software upgrades and patches including bug fixes and security patches.

Services provided for the operation, management, and monitoring of eligible broadband internal connections are eligible managed internal broadband services (e.g., managed Wi-Fi).

Eligible expenses include the 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.

Eligible products necessary to transport information to classrooms or publicly accessible areas of a library, such as access points, routers, switches, firewall, racks, caching, hubs, and wiring.

Eligible products necessary to transport information to classrooms or publicly accessible areas of a library, such as access points, routers, switches, firewall, racks, caching, hubs, and wiring.

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