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E-RATE: FUNDING YEAR 2015 DO WE APPLY? Zeller and Associates, LLC Presentation available at www.zellerandassociates.com/erate
WHO IS There are two part-time associates Retired Illinois educator 24 year, 10 month association with West 40 “Original” retirement: 2003 Zeller and Associates, LLC
WHAT IS E-RATE? Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent U.S. government agency, established (1996) and oversees the E-rate program Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a not-for-profit, administers the E-rate program along with three other programs Schools and Libraries Program (SL) is the part of USAC with responsibility for E-rate
WHAT DID E-RATE SUPPORT? Priority 1 (P1): funded first Telecommunications Services Internet Access Telecommunications (leased dark fiber) Priority 2 (P2): funding starts with neediest applicants Internal Connections Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
“NEW” CATEGORY ONE Internet Voice service phased out 20% per year
CATEGORY ONE: GONE FUNDING YEAR 2015 a. Paging b. Email c. Web hosting d. Voice mail e. Directory assistance f. Text messaging g. Custom calling features h. Direct inward dialing (“DID”) i. 900/976 call blocking j. Inside wire maintenance plans
CATEGORY ONE: GOING AWAY: 20%/YEAR a. Local and long distance phone service (often referred to as “POTS”) b. 800 service c. Satellite telephone d. Centrex e. Wireless telephone service (including cellular voice services) f. Voice over IP g. Circuits dedicated to providing voice services
CATEGORY ONE: NO 470 a. it offers bandwidth speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream for a pre-discount price of $3,600 or less annually, including any one-time installation and equipment charges, and b. the service and price are commercially available.
CATEGORY TWO Routers, Switches, wireless access points, internal cabling, Racks, wireless controller systems, firewall services, uninterruptable power supply, and the software supporting each of these components
CATEGORY TWO caching functionality as an internal connection eligible for support in funding years 2015 and 2016.
CATEGORY TWO: SUPPORT CAPS, FLOOR Pre-discount cap of $150/student over a five year period Pre-discount funding floor of $9,200 (less than 62 students) Pre-discount cap of $30/student for basic maintenance
CATEGORY TWO: WLAN BASIC MAINTENANCE For funding years 2015 and 2016, basic maintenance services and managed Wi-Fi are eligible for category two support.
E-RATE MODERNIZATION RESOURCES USAC SLD Site (Draft Eligible Services List) USAC SLD Site Schools and Libraries Program News Brief Special Edition (8/12/2014) E-Rate Central Funds for Learning