One of the most important features of E-rate is that it set an annual target of $1 billion annually to help schools upgrade their internal networks and implement Wi-Fi in every classroom. That amounts to $150 in E-rate Category 2 funding per student, to deploy a robust LAN / Wi-Fi network. In today’s schools, this is a critical resource because of the demand to keep up with rising digital learning curriculums, including 1:1 device policies and multimedia learning programs.
When the FCC modernized the E-rate Program, the changes guaranteed that every school in America has access to Category 2 funding to support their internal network infrastructure needs. E-rate Category Two covers three service types:
- Internal Connections
- Managed Internal Broadband Services
- Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
To help you optimize your internal upgrade, here are four questions we get asked most often about the equipment and services eligible for Category 2 support.