Mosaic451 is your trusted partner when it comes to E-rate. With over 20 years of K-12 expertise, we can provide E-rate eligible services and equipment for a wide variety of projects;
- Firewall (Hardware and/or Managed Services)
- Wireless (Hardware and/or Managed Services)
- Network Switching (Hardware and/or Managed Services)
Since each district faces different constraints, Mosaic451 understands the nuances of providing this crucial services while strictly adhering to the E-rate rules. The Mosaic451 team is in constant communication with experts around the country, including staff at the Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC) at the FCC.
We have put together a quick update around Priority 2 funding changes that took place last year.
In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program, by maximizing options for schools and libraries through adjusting the E-rate spending cap to $3.9 billion.
With this modification, the FCC made sweeping changes not only to funding formulas but to services that are covered. One of the largest changes is the phase-out and eventual removal of services such as voice and pager services. The second, large change, is the amount of reimbursement eligible entities, such as schools, can receive for Category II services. This year for the first time, districts can apply for, and have a reasonable assurance of receiving, Category II services.
Schools get $150 per student over a 5 year budget cycle. This funding CAN be rolled over if not utilized year to year.
- If you are a school with 1,000 students and you’re a 80% school you would get $120,000 in Category II support for a 5 year period
- (1,000 * 150 = $150,000*.8=$120,000)
Category Two Eligible Services
The second category of equipment and services eligible for E-rate support, Category Two, includes the internal connections and services needed for broadband connectivity within schools. Support is limited to the internal connections equipment or services necessary to bring broadband into, and provide it throughout, schools. These are broadband connections used for educational purposes within, between, or among instructional buildings that comprise a school campus or library branch, and basic maintenance of these connections, as well as services that manage and operate owned or leased broadband internal connections (e.g., managed firewall or managed Wi-Fi). Support for components and services in this category are subject to the funding, budgetary, and other requirements and limitations set forth in the E-rate Modernization Order and the Commission’s rules. The eligible components and services in Category Two are:
Eligible Broadband Internal Connections Components
- Access points used in a local area network (LAN) or wireless local area network (WLAN) environment (such as wireless access points)
- Antennas, cabling, connectors, and related components used for internal broadband connections
- Firewall services and components
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)/Battery Backup
- Wireless controller systems
- Software supporting each of the components on this listused to distribute high-speed broadband throughout school buildings and libraries
Notes: (1) Functionalities listed above that can be virtualized in the cloud, and equipment that combines eligible functionalities, like routing and switching, are also eligible. (2) A manufacturer’s multi-year warranty for a period up to three years that is provided as an integral part of an eligible component, without a separately identifiable cost, may be included in the cost of the component.
(3) For funding year 2015, caching is defined as a method that stores recently accessed information. Caching stores information locally so that the information is accessible more quickly than if transmitted across a network from a distance. A caching service or equipment that provides caching, including servers necessary for the provision of caching, is eligible for funding.