The future of Category 2
On July 9, 2019 the FCC released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the future of Category Two budgets for FY2020 and beyond. The FCC stated “…our experience over the past few years suggests that these budgets have resulted in a broader distribution of funding that is more equitable and more predictable for schools and libraries. We also see clear improvements in the way in which funding for internal connections has been administered in the five-year period since adoption of the category two budget approach. Therefore, we now propose to make the category two budget approach permanent and seek comment on potential modifications that could simplify the budgets, decrease the administrative burden of applying for category two services, and thereby speed the deployment of Wi-Fi in schools and libraries across the country….”
- The FCC proposes amending the rules to make permanent category two budget approach for all
- The FCC proposes and seeks comment on ways to improve the category two budget
- The FCC seeks comment on how to best transition from this five-year cycle
- While the FCC proposes to maintain the current existing budget multipliers for schools and libraries, they also want to seek comment on whether to change the per student or per-square foot budget multipliers, particularly for entities that may have participated at a lower rate or that may face higher costs for internal connections;
- The FCC seeks comment on moving from per-school or per-library budget to a per-district or per-system budget.
- The FCC seeks comment if there are additional services that they should consider to make eligible for category two funding
Comment Date: (30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)
Reply Comment Date: (45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)
Funding Commitment Update 2019-20
IMESD clients currently have FCDLs for 80 of 130 applications submitted for the 2019-20 Funding Year. Statistics show that USAC is concentrating on processing Category 1 applications and IMESD application submissions are following course with 74% Category 1 and 26% Category 2 funding commitments worth $1.7M combined.
Of the remaining 50 applications, we have responded to PIA inquiries on 29, while we have yet to receive any inquiries on 21 of the certified applications.
As the 2018-19 Funding Year is winding down and 2019-20 Funding Commitments continue to roll in for our clients, it’s time to start the process all over again for 2020-21. As you can see, E-rate truly is a year round process!
Just released - IMESD’s 2020-21 Application Process. Use this to guide you through the four basic steps of E-rate:
Competitive Bidding * Application * Funding * Reimbursement.
On the left, you will notice two black “arrows”. The top row represents some of the tasks that the Applicant (you) are responsible for and when we are to complete these tasks. The bottom row represents some of the tasks that InterMountain E-rate is responsible for.
In the lavender box at the bottom are some commonly used terms in the world of E-Rate. You can print this PDF from the list of Resources below.