Schools and Libraries News Brief
October 7, 2011
Commitments for Funding Years 2011 and 2010
Funding Year 2011. USAC will release FY2011 Wave 17 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) October 12. This wave includes commitments for approved Priority 1 (Telecommunications Services and Internet Access) requests at all discount levels. As of October 7, FY2011 commitments total just under $992 million.
We have recently received approval from the FCC to begin funding approved Priority 2 requests at the 90% discount level, and expect those commitments to start with Wave 18.
Funding Year 2010. USAC will release FY2010 Wave 70 FCDLs October 13. This wave can include commitments for approved Priority 2 (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance) requests at all discount levels. As of October 7, FY2010 commitments total over $2.76 billion.
On the day the FCDLs are mailed, you can check to see if you have a commitment by using USAC’s Automated Search of Commitments tool.
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As applicants and service providers begin preparations for the FY2012 filing window, we will be providing informational articles in upcoming SL News Briefs about each step in the application process. The titles of each of these articles will start with the words "APPLICATION PROCESS" and will provide timely information to help you prepare for a particular step. This first article deals with eligibility issues for applicants and service providers.
To participate in the Schools and Libraries Program, potential applicants, recipients of service, and service providers must first determine if they are eligible. Below are some points to consider about eligibility.
To be eligible for E-rate discounts a school:
In general, public schools meet these requirements. Other types of schools – such as non-public schools, charter schools, and diocesan schools – should check with the state department of education in their state to see if the educational services they provide fall within that state’s definition of elementary and/or secondary education.
In some states, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, adult education, and juvenile justice students and/or facilities may fall under the state definition of elementary or secondary education. For more information, review USAC’s guidance on Non-traditional Elementary and Secondary Education. USAC has also posted an Eligibility Table for Non-traditional K-12 Students and Facilities that contains current information from each state on the eligibility of these students and facilities.
Also, Educational Service Agencies (ESAs) are eligible for discounts in some states. ESAs are regional agencies authorized by state statute that provide services or programs to local educational agencies such as individual schools and school districts. ESAs may go by different names in different states, and the programs and services provided by ESAs vary from state to state. You can refer to the Eligibility Table for Educational Service Agencies for information specific to your state.
To be eligible for E-rate discounts, a library:
In general, public libraries meet these requirements. Other types of libraries – such as academic libraries, research libraries, or private libraries – should check with the state library agency in their state to see if they are eligible for assistance under LSTA. Note that they are not required to have received such assistance; they must only be eligible to receive it. As with schools, eligibility requirements may vary from state to state.