E-Rate for digital learning


August 30, 2021

FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed FY2022 Eligible Services List

On August 27, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice (DA 21-1062) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2022 Eligible Services List (ESL).

Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before September 27, 2021. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before October 12, 2021. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice.

COVID-19 Response

The FCC has taken a number of steps to provide relief to E-rate program participants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and USAC is working with the FCC to implement this relief. 

New Rules for 2021 and beyond…

  • Category 2 Budgets will be reset for 2021
  • Starting in 2021 Category 2 Budgets will be fixed for each 5 year period going forward
  • Starting in 2021 Budgets will be on a school district or library system basis
  • Funding Floor increase to $25,000
  • The per student budget allocation will be $171* for schools

*Annual cost of living expense not included in this amount

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Education Product Ordering Guide for E-Rate

Learn about what CommScope products and services are available through E-Rate funding. Details about structured cabling and wireless product eligibility can all be found in this new Education Product Ordering Guide.

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6 Steps for Successful E-Rate Season

Uncover your E-rate budget and assess your networking needs and learn how CommScope can provide you with reliable school networks made simple.

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Category 2 budget tool 

Use the E-Rate calculator from E-Rate Profit Works to calculate and see your actual E-Rate Category 2 budget right now! Just have your billed entity number (BEN) ready. 


Additional resources

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  • Product Ordering Guide: Education Network solutions for E-Rate Uniprise

    Reliable school networks made simple
  • Design Guide: Education Best Practices

    This document provides an overview of how to configure RUCKUS® products to support K-12 deployments.
  • Partner FAQ for E-Rate

    Partner reference FAQ for E-Rate season
  • eBook: Cloudpath Enrollment System—A Great Fit for Primary Education

    Ebook that describes the attributes of Cloudpath that make it a great choice for customers in primary education.
  • Solution Brief: E-Rate: What You Need to Know for 2020

    Learn what products and services are eligible for E-rate funding.
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