FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Eligible Services for E-Rate

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Education Customer Notice: On July 21, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice (DA 20-767) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2021 Eligible Services List (ESL).

The FCC notes two specific changes made between the FY2020 ESL and the proposed FY2021 ESL:

  • In response to the FCC’s Protecting Against National Security Threats Order, the draft ESL notes that “equipment or services produced or provided by a company that the FCC has designated as a national security threat to the integrity of communications networks or the communications supply chain are not eligible for E-Rate support.”
  • In the 2019 Category Two Report and Order, the Commission adopted rules changing the category two budget calculations from entity-level budgets to school district-wide and library system-wide budgets effective in FY2021.Comments on the draft ESL are due to the FCC on or before August 20, 2020. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before September 4, 2020. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice.

E-Rate Questions
Questions about the E-rate process should be referred to Pam Jacobs at pam.jacobs@iowa.gov with the Iowa Department of Education.

Overview
About USAC: As an independent not-for-profit designated by the FCC, Universal Service Administrative Company, administers the Universal Service Fund (USF), almost $10 billion is available annually thanks to the companies and institutions that make universal service possible.

How it Works: The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program provides funding towards eligible services for schools and libraries.

Eligible Applicants: Public or private schools (K-12), libraries, and groups of schools and libraries (e.g., consortia, districts, systems) can apply for discounts on eligible services. See the full list.

Eligible Services: Internet access, telecommunications services, and related equipment are eligible for discounts. See the full list.

FCC 19-121 Disclaimer
The ICN certifies that we do not utilize equipment that has been barred by the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCC 19-121. For information about ICN's Participation with the Universal Service Fund, view the USAC page on the ICN website.