October 30, 2014 @ 4:10 pm
posted by E-Rate

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission released a Report and Order (DA 14-1556  PDF (opens in new window)) releasing the Eligible Services List for Funding Year 2015. There were substantial changes to the types of services eligible for E-Rate reimbursement. In particular:

(1) restructured the former Priority One and Priority Two categories into Category One and Category Two;

(2) eliminated Category One (former Priority One) support for outdated, legacy,
and other non-broadband services including web hosting, email, and paging;

(3) adopted a phase out of support for Category One voice services; and

(4) limited Category Two support to the internal connections needed to enable high-speed broadband connectivity within schools and libraries, specifically LAN/WLAN (local area networks/wireless local area networks)-focused components (broadband internal connections components), basic maintenance of eligible broadband internal connections components, and managed internal broadband services.

These, as well as changes to how discounts are calculated, are all taking effect with the 2015 Funding Year. Stay tuned for more detailed information!

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