Category Archives: E-Rate

E-Rate FY 2019 Inflation Factor Announced by FCC

Per USAC’s News Brief released this past Friday, The FCC announced an inflation factor of 2.2% for FY2019.

Based on the new factor, the rounded calculations for FY2019 Category Two budgets are:

  • Schools = Number of students * $159.67
  • Libraries with an IMLS locale code of 11, 12, or 21 = Total square footage * $5.32
  • Libraries with other IMLS locale codes = Total square footage * $2.45
  • Budget floor = $9,793.04

When calculating your remaining Category 2 budget, remember that the Category 2 Budget Lookup Tool in EPC does not reflect commitments from FY2015.  Also, as of last weekend, the tool has not been updated to reflect the new FY 2019 budget factors.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Lorrie

Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Education
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
www.ohio-k12.help/erate
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153

Reminder of Upcoming E-Rate Deadlines

This is a reminder of the upcoming E-Rate filing dates/deadlines:

February 26th – Extended invoice deadline for FY 2017 recurring services.

February 27th – Last day to file a FY2019 Form 470 to meet the minimum 28-day posting requirement prior to the close of the Form 471 application window.

March 27th – FY2019 Form 471 Application deadline.  Window closes at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Also, if you were unable to update your entity information such as student counts, and NSLP data prior to the close of the Admin window, provide the information in the narrative of each funding request on the Form 471.  After you submit the application, follow up with a RAL correction in EPC to make the necessary corrections on your form.  To access the RAL, search for the Form 471 at the bottom of the Landing Page under “FCC Forms and Post-Commitment Requests”.  Click on the application number, and then “Related Actions” on the “Summary” page.  From the menu, click on “Submit Modification Request (RAL)”.  From there, you can choose what portion of the form you would like to correct.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Lorrie

Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Education
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
www.ohio-k12.help/erate
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153

October 2018 MR-81 Now Available

The Ohio Department of Education has released the October 2018 MR-81 document. To retrieve a copy, go to my website at www.ohio-k12.help/erate . It’s located under the “E-Rate Resources” table at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Lorrie

Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Education
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
www.ohio-k12.help/erate
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153

E-Rate 470 and 471 Application Filing Windows Closing Dates

Please be aware of the following E-Rate application deadlines:

  • 470 Application Filing Window closes Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:59pm EDT.
  • 471 Application Filing Window closes Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:59pm EDT.

Please be reminded of the following free E-Rate resources available to assist districts:

Ed Weisenbach
State-Wide Technology Coordinator
Ohio Department of Education

Status of E-Rate Category 2 Funding

Per the FCC Modernization Order, each school receives a Category 2 (C2) budget that may be used to provide broadband connectivity within the school. The FCC rules state that the C2 budgets are for 5-years, based on the first year that any school in the district was committed C2 funding. However, there is also language in the Order indicating that C2 funding is only available through FY2019, after which it will sunset unless the FCC takes action.

Because of this, I strongly encourage all schools to consider their internal connections needs and utilize their C2 E-Rate budgets in Funding Year 2019, should the program in its current form not be extended. The only thing we know for certain today is, if you received C2 funding in FY2015, any remaining funds must be utilized in the upcoming 2019 funding year.

I am closely monitoring information received from the FCC, indicating their decision regarding the continuance of the Category 2 funding, and will provide updates as information is received.

If your staff would like to learn more about E-Rate, I will be conducting both face-to-face and webinar training sessions. For a list of dates/locations, go to my website at www.ohio-k12.help/erate, and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Education
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov