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FCC's Category 2 Budget REPORT Is Out!!

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

The FCC’s Report on Category 2 Five Year Budgets is in!! Good News!!?

See also: https://www.fcc.gov/document/wcb-releases-report-e-rate-category-2-budgets


Though the adopted Category 2 Five Year Budget has its ups and downs, apparently it is here to stay for a while!! The FCC report DA-19-71 indicates the Category 5 Budget concept will remain in affect! This information is not official or verified as FCC rule as of 02/11/2019.

IF confirmed this could mean:

  1. if you initially filed and were funded for Category 2 equipment/services in FY2015 then your school’s Cat 2 Budget began in FY2015 and will end with any Category 2 Applications filed in FY2019. Good news is that they should get a fresh start in FY2020.

  2. if you initially filed and were funded for Category 2 equipment/services in FY2016 then your school’s Cat 2 Budget began in FY2016 and will end with any Category 2 Applications filed in FY2020. Good news is that they should get a fresh start in FY2021.

  3. if you initially filed and were funded for Category 2 equipment/services in FY2017 then your school’s Cat 2 Budget began in FY2017 and will end with any Category 2 Applications filed in FY2021. Good news is that they should get a fresh start in FY2022.

  4. if you initially filed and were funded for Category 2 equipment/services in FY2018 then your school’s Cat 2 Budget began in FY2018 and will end with any Category 2 Applications filed in FY2022. Good news is that they should get a fresh start in FY2023.

  5. if you file and are funded for Category 2 equipment/services in FY2019 then your school’s Cat 2 Budget will begin in FY2019 and will end with any Category 2 Applications filed in FY2023. Good news is that they should get a fresh start in FY2024. >>>

In any case we will have to wait for the FCC and USAC to collaborate with applicant direction.


Districts with multiple schools should note:


"Starting in Funding Year (FY) 2015, each school or library receiving C2 support has a five-year, pre-discount budget for those products and services based on the number of students in the school or the number of square feet of the library branch (outlet). (There is no budget for C1 services.)


The first year that an eligible school or library receives E-rate Program support for C2 services and equipment will be the first year of its five-year budget.

A school or library can decide if it wants to spend all of its C2 budget in one year or if it wants to use the budget over any of the five years."

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"What time period does my C2 budget cover?

C2 budgets are subject to a five-year cycle beginning with the first funding year in which you receive support for C2 services or equipment. However, the budgets can be used as needed, and schools and libraries are not required to use one-fifth of their budgets each funding year.


For a school district, the first year of the C2 budget for ALL of the individual schools in the school district is the first year in which ANY individual school in the school district receives a positive commitment from USAC on a C2 funding request.


(For a library system, the first year of the C2 budget for ALL of the individual library branches in the library system is the first year in which ANY library branch in the library system receives a positive commitment from USAC on a C2 funding request.)"

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Review https://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step03/category-two-budget.aspx for key detail of determining the Cat 2 Budget Start Funding Year.


See also:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/wcb-releases-report-e-rate-category-2-budgets


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