E-Rate for digital learning


E-Rate for digital learning classroom

APRIL 29th is the extended deadline for 2020 E-Rate Form 471 filings!

Read the USAC order posted on March 13, 2020

On Dec. 3 2019 the FCC issued a Report and Order for Erate Category 2. It makes permanent the Category 2 Budget approach. Erate C2 is here to stay. The Report and Order approaches Funding Year 2020 as a bridge year allowing USAC time to incorporate the new approach for 2021. The highlights are:

New Rules for 2020

  1. Extends the current per site Category 2 Budget process for 2020
  2. All sites Category 2 Budgets are increased by 20% to account for Funding Year 2020
  3. All spending from Funding Year 2015-2019 counts against 2020 Budget
  4. Category 2 Budgets not spent by 2020 will not carry over to 2021
  5. BMIC, MIBS & Caching will remain eligible
  6. No additions to the eligible services list

New Rules for 2021

  1. Category 2 Budgets will be reset for 2021
  2. Starting in 2021 Category 2 Budgets will be fixed for each 5 year period going forward
  3. Starting in 2021 Budgets will be on a school district or library system basis
  4. Increases the funding floor to $25,000
  5. The per student budget allocation will be $167 for schools and $4.50 per sq. ft. for libraries

Our online Budget Tool has been updated to reflect the new rules!

Learn all about the E-Rate process and how to get started in our 2020 E-Rate FAQ

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