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Schools & Libraries
Eligible Services List
Schools and Libraries Support Mechanism
For Fund Year 2005
Overall Eligibility Requirements for All Categories of Service:
The Eligible Services List indicates whether specific products or services may be able
to receive discounts under the Schools and Libraries Support Mechanism. Eligibility
for discounts requires the eligible use of eligible products or services by eligible
entities at eligible locations for eligible purposes.
If a product or service is not eligible under program rules, it is labeled “Not Eligible.”
If no indication of ineligibility is provided, the product or service may be eligible,
depending on details of its use. Conditions for eligibility are provided in this Eligible
Services List, and in information provided in the Reference Area of the SLD web site.
In addition, some entries in this List include links to Special Eligibility Conditions that
provide further information. These Special Eligibility Conditions appear at the end of
this document.
NOTE CONCERNING COMBINED PRIORITY 1 SERVICES: Some service offerings
provide a combination of Priority 1 services—including both Internet Access and
Telecommunications. For example, a service provider may provide a combined
offering of local phone service, long distance service, cellular service, and Internet
access for one price. For administrative convenience, such a combined offering, if
provided by an eligible telecommunications provider, may be requested in the
Telecommunications category of service. Alternatively, funding may be requested as
two separate requests for Telecommunications Services and Internet Access, with
the price of the offering divided between the two requests.
This version of the Eligible Services List is dated October 5, 2004. Some eligibility
information in this List is a change from prior years and applies to products and
service funding requests for Funding Year 2005.
Telecommunications Services
Eligibility Requirements for All Telecommunications Services:
To be eligible for support, Telecommunications Services must be provided by
an eligible telecommunications provider, that is, one who provides
Telecommunications on a common carriage basis.
A telecommunications service is “the offering of telecommunications for a fee
directly to the public, or to such classes of users as to be effectively available
directly to the public, regardless of the facilities used” [47 U.S.C. 153(46)].
Telecommunications is defined as "the transmission, between or among
points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without
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change in the form or content of the information as sent and received" [47
U.S.C. 153(43)]. A State commission may upon its own motion or upon
request designate a common carrier that meets the requirements as set forth
in the Communications Act of 1934, Section 214 {47 U.S.C. 214}(e)(2)
Designation of Eligible Telecommunications Carriers.
Eligibility in this category of service is for the procurement of
Telecommunications Services, and not component purchases by applicants.
Please be aware that IP-enabled services are the subject of an open
proceeding at the FCC to determine, among other things, whether certain
types are telecommunications services. See IP-Enabled Services, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, 19 FCC Rcd 4863 (2004).
Product Type
(Function)
Description
800 Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
800 Service provides toll calling that is
paid by the called party rather than the
calling party. The name comes from
the original Area Code used for all tollfree numbers. Current and future “800
Service” area codes use the convention
8NN, when N is a specific digit, for
example 888, 877, and 866.
Eligibility:
800 Service is generally eligible for
discount. However, the use of 800
service to access a school or library
network for Internet access/data
connectivity from an ineligible location
(such as a home) is not eligible.
Applicants who make available Internet
access to eligible users via 800 Service
must submit a certification that access
will not be available from non-school or
non-library sites.
900 / 976 Charges
(Telecommunications)
Description:
"900" is an area code used to reach a
wide range of information providers.
Examples of the information that may
be provided via a 900 number are adult
content programming, weather reports,
lottery results, or caller voting for
various topics such as television polls.
900 Service calls are charged to the
party originating the call. Charges for
accessing 900 calls are often included
in the toll charges on the local
telephone bill. 976 service provides a
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Eligibility
Not
Eligible
local, pay-per-call telephone service.
Eligibility:
900 Service and the cost of dialing into
a 900 Service Provider are not eligible
for discount. Similarly, the service and
cost of dialing into 976 numbers are
not eligible.
900 /976 Call
Blocking
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Call Blocking is a monthly, or recurring,
telephone company charge for the
blocking of calls, such as to 900 or 976
numbers. The blocking prevents callers
from completing calls to 900 or 976
numbers.
Eligibility:
As a component of an eligible
telecommunications service, 900/976
call blocking is eligible for discount.
911 / E911 Trunks /
Lines
(Telecommunications)
Description:
911 and E911 trunks or lines are
dedicated telecommunications links
specifically or exclusively used for
connection between a school/library
and a Public Safety Answering Point
(PSAP).
Eligibility:
911 or E911 trunks or lines are eligible
for discount. However, 911 and E911
monitoring services are information
services and therefore are not eligible.
Alarm Telephone Line
(Telecommunications)
Description:
An alarm telephone line is a
telecommunications line specifically
dedicated to a school or library’s
burglar or fire alarm system. It may be
the equivalent of a POTS line, or a
dedicated line between the school or
library and the alarm company.
Eligibility:
A telecommunications circuit used for
alarm monitoring is eligible for
discount. However, alarm monitoring
services are information services and
therefore are not eligible.
Asynchronous
Transfer Mode (ATM)
Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
ATM is a Digital Transmission Service.
Eligibility:
Leased data circuits that connect an
eligible school or library facility to other
locations beyond the school or library
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are eligible for discount. Please see the
Special Eligibility Condition below for
further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Digital Transmission Services
Cellular Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Cellular Service uses radio
transmissions to access other
telephone-company networks. Service
is provided in a particular area by a
low-power transmitter.
Eligibility:
The cost of Cellular service to eligible
users is eligible for discount, but the
cost of telephones or associated
maintenance on the equipment is not.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Eligible Users and Locations
Telephone Service and Technology
Plans
Centrex
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Centrex is a business telephone service
that consists of a wide variety of
features, such as call forwarding and
call transfer, provided by central office
software and extended to the
customer’s premises via local
distribution facilities.
Eligibility:
Centrex service is eligible for discount.
Eligible costs can include fees for
Centrex common equipment, which is a
charge assessed to recover the cost of
central office-based software features.
Services that provide Centrex-like
features but are marketed under
different names are also eligible for
discount. Please see the Special
Eligibility Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Telephone Service and Technology
Plans
Conferencing Services
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Conferencing Services provide a means
for multiple users to participate in
group discussions via telephone circuits
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or video facilities.
Eligibility:
Services beyond those provided by a
school or library’s internal facilities that
provide telephone conference calls or
video conferencing are eligible for
discount if the conference services are
only used for eligible educational and
library purposes, or if an auditable
monitoring system is established that
provides a way to allocate between
eligible and ineligible uses.
Example: Per-minute conferencing
charges for a government-wide
strategic planning teleconference would
not be eligible, but per-minute
conferencing charges limited to
educational purposes and educational
personnel would be eligible.
Custom Calling
Services
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Custom calling services extend the
features available with telephone
service. Features available include (but
are not necessarily limited to) call
waiting, 3-way calling, speed calling,
distinctive ring, and call forwarding.
Eligibility:
As features associated with an eligible
telecommunications service, custom
calling services are eligible for
discount.
Digital Subscriber
Line (DSL) Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a
Digital Transmission Service.
Eligibility:
Leased data circuits that connect an
eligible school or library facility to other
locations beyond the school or library,
including an Internet Service Provider,
are eligible for discount as a
telecommunications service. Please see
the Special Eligibility Condition below
for further information. See also the
entry for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Internet Access in the Internet Access
section.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Digital Transmission Services
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Digital Transmission
Services
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Digital Transmission Services refer to
data links that connect multiple points,
using any available technology.
Technologies employed may include,
but are not limited to: Asynchronous
Transfer Mode (ATM), Digital
Subscriber Line (DSL, ADSL, SDSL,
HDSL, IDSL, VDSL), DS-1, DS-2, DS-3,
Frame Relay, Integrated Services
Digital Network (ISDN), OC-1, OC-3,
OC-12, OC-N, Satellite, Switched
Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS), T1, T-2, T-3, Fractional T-1, and
Wireless. Digital transmission services
used to link local networks are
commonly called “wide area networks”
(WANs).
Eligibility:
Leased data circuits for voice, video,
and/or data that connect an eligible
school or library facility to other
locations beyond the school or library,
including an Internet Service Provider,
are eligible for discount.
See also the entry for Wide Area
Network in this section. Connections
that provide voice, video, or data
connectivity exclusively within school
or library grounds are not eligible for
funding as a Telecommunications
Service, but may be eligible as Internal
Connections.
Direct Broadcast
Satellite
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) is a
technology that uses satellite to
transmit TV programs to its
subscribers. The transmitted signals
are received using individual rooftop
antennas. Program reception of the
subscriber is limited to those channels
broadcast by a specific provider.
Eligibility:
Broadcast radio and television, and
cable television, are not
telecommunications services. Costs to
access or obtain them are not eligible
for discount.
Direct Inward Dialing
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Direct Inward Dialing (DID) service
allows outside calls to be directed to a
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Not
Eligible
Private Branch Exchange station line
without the use of an operator.
Eligibility:
Direct Inward Dialing is eligible for
discount.
Directory Advertising
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Directory Advertising is advertising in a
telephone directory yellow pages,
Internet, or elsewhere. This may be
provided by the telephone company or
another entity.
Eligibility:
The cost associated with directory
advertising is not a
Telecommunications Service and is not
eligible for discount.
Directory Assistance
Charges
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Directory Assistance Charges are those
charges assessed for calls made to
411, or other Directory Assistance
numbers such as (201) 555-1212, for
information. Typically charges are
assessed on a per call basis.
Eligibility:
Directory Assistance Charges are
eligible for discount. However, see also
the entry for Reverse Directory
Assistance.
Directory Listing
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A telephone company directory
contains an alphabetical listing, by
name, of all telephone subscribers
except those requesting unlisted or
non-published service. Typically, the
initial directory listing is provided free
of charge to the subscriber, but extracost services are available, such as
additional listings, unlisted or nonpublished numbers, and bolded entries.
Eligibility:
Fees for an additional directory listing,
an unlisted number, an unpublished
number, a bolded listing, or other
extra-cost directory features are not
eligible for discount.
Distance Learning
Circuits
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Distance Learning utilizes video and
audio technologies to allow students
who are remotely located from other
students or the lecturer to participate
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Not
Eligible
Not
Eligible
interactively with the class.
Eligibility:
Transmission services that provide
Distance Learning are eligible for
discount. However, services that
include their own content are not
eligible. See also the entry for Wide
Area Network (WAN) Services.
Fax Machine Line
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A fax machine telephone line is a
telecommunications line specifically
dedicated to a school or library’s fax
machine.
Eligibility:
A fax machine line is eligible for
discount.
Frame Relay Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Frame relay service is a Digital
Transmission Service.
Eligibility:
Leased data circuits that connect an
eligible school or library facility to other
locations beyond the school or library
are eligible for discount. Please see the
Special Eligibility Condition below for
further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Digital Transmission Services
Homework Hotline
Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A Homework Hotline Service is typically
provided as a toll free telephone
number for students to contact the
school regarding questions on
homework.
Eligibility:
Telecommunications Services and voice
mail services used to provide a
Homework Hotline Service are eligible.
However, charges for creation,
configuration, or maintenance of
content are not eligible.
Inside Wire
Maintenance Plan
(Telecommunications)
Description:
An Inside Wire Maintenance Plan is a
monthly recurring charge that provides
for the repair, replacement and
maintenance of customer owned inside
premise wire. Cost of the service is
sometimes included in regular monthly
bills for local and long distance
telephone services.
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Eligibility:
An inside wire maintenance plan is
eligible as a component part of a
telecommunications service if clearly
ancillary to such telecommunications
service. An inside wire maintenance
plan that does not meet these
conditions may be eligible in the
Internal Connections category of
service. See the entry for “Wire and
Cable Maintenance” for further
information.
Plans that provide network
management of customer-owned wire
or equipment, in addition to
maintenance, are not eligible. Wire
maintenance plans that contain
provisions for a free loaner telephone
are not eligible for discount, unless the
school or library agrees not to make
use of the free loaner telephone.
Interactive Television
(ITV)
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Interactive TV (ITV) provides a means
for a viewer to interact with the
television set in ways other than
controlling the channel and the volume
and handling videotapes. In an
education setting such as in a school,
ITV provides a means for teachers and
students who are remotely located in
different places to conduct a class and
to interact with each other. ITV
requires a special “set-top box” to be
added to the existing television set.
Eligibility:
A Digital Transmission Service that
provides Interactive TV is eligible for
discount, provided that the service
does not include its own content.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Condition below for further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Digital Transmission Services
Internet2
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Internet2 is a consortium of
universities, industry, and government
for development and deployment of
advanced network applications and
technologies.
Eligibility:
A telecommunications link that
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connects an eligible entity to Internet2
is eligible for discount. Membership
dues or any fees for nontelecommunications services are not
eligible.
Local Measured
Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Local telephone companies use several
methods to bill for local wireline
service, such as Flat Rate, Message
Rate, Measured Rate, and Local
Measured Service. Local Measured
Service typically allows an unlimited
number of incoming calls. Outgoing
calls beyond a certain threshold result
in extra charges.
Eligibility:
Local Measured Service and other
billing options for providing telephone
service are eligible for discount.
Long Distance
Telephone Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Long distance telephone service is
provided by interexchange carriers,
and provides telephone service outside
of a local calling area.
Eligibility:
Long Distance Service and associated
charges are eligible for discount.
Message Rate Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Local telephone companies use several
methods to bill for local wireline
service, such as Flat Rate, Message
Rate, Measured Rate, and Local
Measured Service. Message Rate
Service provides a certain number of
"call units." Various call lengths and
distances can use a different number of
call units. Calls in excess of the
message rate allocation result in
additional charges.
Eligibility:
Message Rate Service and other billing
options for providing telephone service
are eligible for discount.
Metropolitan Area
Network (MAN)
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is
a data network designed for a town or
city.
Eligibility:
For eligibility under the “E-Rate”
program, a MAN and a Wide Area
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Network (WAN) are considered the
same. See the listing for Wide Area
Network (WAN) Services in this section
for eligibility conditions.
Network Access
Register
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Used with Centrex service, the Network
Access Register (NAR) serves the same
function as a Private Branch Exchange
(PBX) trunk in that it provides access
to and from the telephone company
central office. The number of
simultaneous calls to and from the
public switched telephone network is
equal to the number of NARs the
Centrex customer subscribes to. NARs
also may be used in conjunction with
other eligible telecommunications
services such as Network Access
Service and Network Access Register
Usage Package.
Eligibility:
Network Access Registers are eligible
for discount.
Paging Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Paging is a service designed to deliver
a message to a person whose exact
location is unknown. The service
employs radio signals that activate a
paging receiver carried by the intended
recipient to deliver a text or voice
message.
Eligibility:
Paging service is eligible for discount
when it is “integral, immediate, and
proximate” to the education of
students or the provision of services to
library patrons. Services occurring on a
school or library campus are presumed
to meet this requirement, as well as,
for example, paging services of a bus
driver delivering students to school, a
library staff member’s use in a mobile
van, and use by teachers on field trips.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Condition below for further information.
The cost of pagers (also known as
beepers), paging equipment, and
maintenance of these products is not
eligible for discount.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Eligible Users and Locations
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Payphone Telephone
Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Payphone (or coin) telephone service is
provided in a public or semi-public
place, and requires the use of coins,
credit card, pre-pay card or other
means of payment for the telephone
call, at the time of placing the call.
Eligibility:
Both the payphone service and the cost
of the actual payphones are ineligible
for discount.
Permanent Virtual
Circuit
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Permanent Virtual Circuits (PVCs) are
shared connections between endpoints. PVCs play a central role in
Frame Relay networks. They're also
supported in some other types of
networks, such as X.25.
Eligibility:
As a component part of a
Telecommunications Service, the cost
of PVCs is eligible for discount.
Personal
Communications
Services (PCS)
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Personal Communications Services
(PCS) is an advanced wireless network
architecture similar to Cellular Service.
Eligibility:
The cost of Personal Communications
Service to eligible users is eligible for
discount, but the cost of telephones or
associated maintenance on the
equipment is not. Please see the
Special Eligibility Conditions below for
further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Eligible Users and Locations
Telephone Service and Technology
Plans
Phone Calling Cards
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Telephone Calling Cards provide a
convenient means to make long
distance calls from any phone.
Eligibility:
Calling cards that provide
telecommunication services, and used
for eligible purposes, are eligible for
discount.
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Telecommunications Services
Not
Eligible
PIC Change Charge
(Telecommunications)
Description:
The PIC, or Primary Interexchange
Carrier, is the long distance company
to which traffic from a given location is
automatically routed when dialing 1+
in an equal access area. The selection
of the carrier is done by the local
telephone customer and becomes a
part of the telephone company's
records for routing long distance calls
made by the customer’s number. When
the PIC is changed from one long
distance company to another at the
request of the customer there is a onetime PIC Change Charge assessed by
the local telephone company to cover
the cost of reprogramming the
telephone company central office
switch.
Eligibility:
The PIC Change Charge is eligible for
discount.
POTS
(Telecommunications)
Description:
“POTS” stands for “Plain Old Telephone
Service,” and provides local telephone
dial tone service.
Eligibility:
Eligibility is limited to business
telephone service, except in cases
where state or local law allows a school
or library to receive local service at the
residential rate. See the entry for
Telephone Service for further eligibility
information.
Radio Loop
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Radio Loop is provided by a local
exchange telecommunications carrier
and is also called Basic Exchange
Telecommunications Radio Service
(BETRS). BETRS is used by local
telephone companies to provide dial
tone to subscribers in certain
circumstances, such as when it is
either not technically possible or cost
effective to provide the service by
conventional means.
Eligibility:
When used as a means of providing an
otherwise eligible Telecommunications
Service, radio loop is eligible for
discounts.
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Residential Telephone
Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Residential telephone service is
designed for homes and residences,
but not commercial establishments.
Eligibility:
In general, residential telephone
service is not eligible. Eligibility is
limited to business telephone service,
except in cases where state or local law
allows a school or library to receive
local service at the residential rate.
Reverse Directory
Assistance
Description:
Reverse Directory Assistance is a
service that can use a phone number
to provide the name and in some cases
the address of the owner of that phone
number.
Eligibility:
Reverse Directory Assistance is not
eligible for discount. See also the
entry for Directory Assistance.
Satellite Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Satellite service is a Digital
Transmission Service, or in some cases
may be provided by analog circuits.
Eligibility:
Leased data circuits that connect an
eligible school or library facility to other
locations beyond the school or library
are eligible for discount. Satellite
communication that provides a
broadcast service is not eligible. Please
see the Special Eligibility Condition
below for further information. See also
the entry for Wireless Wide Area
Network for eligibility information
concerning satellite dishes.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Digital Transmission Services
Shared Telephone
Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Shared telephone service involves the
sharing of a single service between two
or more entities. As an example, a
telephone line may be shared between
a parochial school and the church
administrative offices.
Eligibility:
Only that portion of a shared POTS
service relating to an eligible use and
location would be eligible. Please see
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Not
Eligible
the Special Eligibility Condition below
for further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Cost Allocation
Telephone Service
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Telephone service includes local phone
service (sometimes known as “Plain
Old Telephone Service” or POTS),
Cellular/Personal Communications
Service (PCS), and long distance
telephone service, and involves
individual wire or wireless lines
provided by a telecommunications
provider.
Eligibility:
Telephone service is eligible. Please see
the Special Eligibility Conditions below
for further information. Also see the
entries in this list for POTS, Long
Distance Telephone Service, Cellular
Service, and Personal Communications
Service (PCS).
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Telephone Service and Technology
Plans
Eligible Users and Locations
Trunk
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A trunk, or transport, is a
communications path between two
switching systems. Switching systems
typically include equipment in a
telephone company central office and a
Private Branch Exchange (PBX).
Central Office trunks connect a PBX to
the switching system at the central
office. Tie trunks connect two PBXs
together.
Eligibility:
Lease costs to provide trunks on a
common carrier basis are eligible for
funding. See also the entry for Digital
Transmission Services.
Video Services
(Telecommunications)
Description:
Video services involve to the
transmission of visual images.
Eligibility:
See the entry for Digital Transmission
Services.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Digital Transmission Services
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Wide Area Network
(WAN) Services
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A wide area network is a voice, data,
and/or video network that provides
connections from within an eligible
school or library to other locations
beyond the school or library.
Eligibility:
The provision of a wide area network
communication service, irrespective of
technology, when provided on a
common carrier basis, is an eligible
Telecommunications Service.
Technologies employed include but are
not limited to ATM, DSL, DS-1, T-1,
fractionalized T-1, Frame Relay, ISDN,
Satellite, and Wireless. Excluded from
this definition are services that provide
broadcast content or cable television,
because these are not considered
telecommunications services.
Please Note that the actual wires that
carry information outside the school or
library facility are considered to be the
WAN components. Network
components such as routers located at
a school or library facility are generally
considered to be Internal Connections,
and therefore must meet the eligibility
conditions as given in the Internal
Connections section of this document.
However, charges for
telecommunications service over a
WAN may include the cost of leasing
on-premise WAN facilities if certain
limited conditions are met. Please see
the Special Eligibility Conditions below
for further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
WAN Versus LAN Components
Lease of Wide Area Network
Infrastructure
Wireless Wide Area
Network
(Telecommunications)
Description:
A wireless wide area network is a
network that meets the definition of a
wide area network, and uses radio or
light to transmit information, without
the use of cables.
Eligibility:
The same eligibility conditions apply
for the lease of wireless WANs as for
other WANs, except that, in the case
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of Wireless Wide Area Networks, the
radio frequency components such as
transmitter and antenna (or satellite
dish) are considered to achieve the
same functionality as cabling, and are
therefore eligible. Please see the
Special Eligibility Condition below for
further information.
For information about wireless Local
Area Networks, see the entries in the
Internal Connections section of this
document.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Wireless Components
Internet Access
Eligibility Requirements for All Internet Access Services:
Descriptions in this section are limited to the provision of “basic conduit
access” to the Internet, and apply to services, not purchases of equipment
used in Internet Access. Service Providers for Internet Access need not be
eligible telecommunications providers.
Internet Access is an information service. The Communications Act of 1934
(as amended) defines an information service as “the offering of a capability
for generating, acquiring, storing, transforming, processing, retrieving,
utilizing, or making available information via telecommunications, and
includes electronic publishing, but does not include any use of any such
capability for the management, control, or operation of a telecommunications
system or the management of a telecommunications service.” [47 U.S.C.
153(20)].
Under FCC rules, funding is available for Internet access that “[transmits]
information as part of a gateway to an information service, where that
transmission does not involve the generation or alteration of the content of
information but may include data transmission, address translation, protocol
conversion, billing management, introductory information content, and
navigational systems that enable users to access information services that do
not affect the presentation of such information services to users.”
To qualify as Internet access, all services must reach the boundary of public
Internet space.
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Product Type
(Function)
Description
Broadband Internet
Access
(Internet Access)
Description:
Broadband Internet Access provides
high-speed transmission through T-1
lines, DSL, Frame Relay, cable
modems, wireless facilities, or other
technologies.
Eligibility:
Broadband Internet Access may be
eligible for funding as Internet access
if that offering is the most costeffective means of accessing the
Internet.
Cable Modem Service
(Internet Access)
Description:
Cable modem service provides a highspeed data path over TV coaxial cable.
Eligibility:
Applicants seeking cable modem
service should apply for this service
under Internet access, pending a final
nonappealable judicial order
determining the regulatory status of
cable modem service. Brand X
Internet Serv. v. Fed. Comm.
Comm'n, No. 02-70518, slip op. (9th
Cir., Oct. 6, 2003)(per curiam).
Caching Service
(Internet Access)
Description:
Caching service is a special high-speed
storage mechanism at the border of a
network and the Internet that holds
frequently accessed Internet
information, thereby reducing retrieval
times for information often requested
from the Internet.
Eligibility:
Caching service is not eligible.
However, please see the Special
Eligibility Conditions below for further
information to determine if the feature
meets the ancillary use limitations.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Internet Access with Ineligible
Features
Digital Subscriber
Line (DSL) Internet
Access
(Internet Access)
Description:
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)-based
Internet access provides a high-speed
data path over wireline telephone
facilities.
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Eligibility
Not
Eligible
Eligibility:
This offering is eligible for funding as
Internet access if it is the most cost
effective way of accessing the
Internet.
Domain Name
Registration
(Internet Access)
Description:
Domain Name is the portion of a
symbolic name that corresponds to
the network number in the IP address.
In the symbolic name [email protected],
the domain name is xyz.org. Domain
Name Registration is the registering of
the name and the charge associated
with the registration process.
Eligibility:
Domain Name Registration is eligible
for discount.
Electronic Library /
On-line Public Access
Catalog
(Internet Access)
Description:
Electronic Libraries, On-line Public
Access Catalog Systems, and similar
services provide content to users.
Eligibility:
Electronic Libraries or On-Line Public
Access Catalog Systems that charge a
fee for accessing library catalog
systems, searching or using
references as a part of Internet access
are ineligible for discount. Any
software associated with electronic
library public access is also ineligible
for discount.
E-mail Account Fees
(Internet Access)
Description:
E-Mail account fees are charges for
individual user access to e-mail
services.
Eligibility:
E-Mail account fees are eligible.
E-mail Service
(Internet Access)
Description:
E-Mail Service provides for the
transmission of simple text messages
and other embedded data.
Eligibility:
E-mail service is eligible for discount.
Services that provide substantial
ineligible features (such as calendaring
and/or non-e-mail file storage) in
addition to eligible e-mail must
remove the cost of ineligible
components through cost allocation.
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Not
Eligible
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Cost Allocation
Internet Access with Ineligible
Features
Filtering Service
(Internet Access)
Description:
Filtering is software or a combination
software/firmware that protects users
from dangerous or inappropriate
content on the Internet by blocking
Web, FTP and/or Gopher sites. It may
be provided by an Internet provider as
a monthly service.
Eligibility:
Filtering is not eligible for discount,
whether as a service or if purchased
software. Please see the Special
Eligibility Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Internet Access with Ineligible
Features
Firewall Service
(Internet Access)
Description:
Firewall Service provides protection
against unauthorized access.
Eligibility:
A firewall service may be funded as a
part of Internet access because a
firewall is necessary to ensure
continued operation of the network.
GSP Rates
(Internet Access)
Description:
GSP is short for Global Service
Provider. The GSP provides connection
between the ISP network and the
global Internet network. In some
cases, there can be separate charges
for this component of Internet access.
Eligibility:
A charge for the Global Service
Provider is eligible if the total price of
Internet access, including this
component, is the most cost-effective
means for obtaining access.
Internet Access
(Internet Access)
Description:
“Internet access” provides access to
the world-wide information resource of
the Internet, and includes features
typically provided for adequate
functionality and performance, when
included as a standard component of a
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Not
Eligible
vendor’s Internet access service. Such
features could include Domain Name
Service, to assist use of the standard
Internet naming convention; Dynamic
Host Configuration Protocol, to assist
with providing devices with a unique
address; and e-mail.
Eligibility:
Internet access, regardless of
technology platform, is eligible for
discount. Such access may include
transport of digital communication
using any Internet-based protocols,
including encapsulation of data, video,
or voice so long as this is the most
cost effective way to access the
Internet. In addition, features that are
not themselves eligible, such as
caching and filtering, can be included
if an integral component part of the
service, and the inclusion of these
features meets the limitations given in
the Special Eligibility Condition for
"Ancillary Use." Please see the Special
Eligibility Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Internet Access with Ineligible
Features
Internet Content
(Internet Access)
Description:
Some Internet content is only
available at a separate, additional
cost, above the cost of Internet access
itself. Examples include extra-cost
electronic libraries, on-line news
services, administration application
tools, performance monitoring (e.g.,
tracking of grades, attendance,
homework assignments), classroom
management tools, address books,
and file storage.
Eligibility:
Internet access that provides features
or content that go beyond basic
conduit access to the Internet is not
eligible for funding. E-mail service and
e-mail account fees are not considered
Internet content.
In addition, applicants may accept an
Internet access service with minimal
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Not
Eligible
content included if the feature meets
the limitations given in the Special
Eligibility Condition for "Ancillary Use."
Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Internet Access with Ineligible
Features
Internet Training
(Internet Access)
Description:
Internet training is training in the use
of the Internet, and also includes
training available over the Internet.
Eligibility:
Extra-cost Internet training is
ineligible.
Not
Eligible
Internet2
(Internet Access)
Description:
Internet2 is a consortium of
universities, industry, and government
for development and deployment of
advanced network applications and
technologies.
Eligibility:
Membership dues or any fees for
access to content, including content
available through Internet2, are not
eligible for discount. However, a link
that connects an eligible entity to
Internet2 can be eligible as a
telecommunications service. See the
Internet2 entry in the
Telecommunications Services section
for additional information.
Not
Eligible
Specialized Services
(Internet Access)
Description:
"Specialized Services" refers to extracost services that go beyond basic
conduit access to the Internet.
Eligibility:
Extra-cost services that go beyond
basic conduit access to the Internet,
and are not otherwise indicated as
eligible in this Eligible Services List,
are not eligible for discount.
Not
Eligible
Web Casting
(Internet Access)
Description:
Web Casting is a service provided over
the Internet that delivers news to your
E-Mail address. A user accesses a Web
Casting site and chooses what news
content he/she wants to be informed
Not
Eligible
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about. Going forward, every time the
user logs on, information content will
be delivered to the user's mailbox by
the Web Casting supplier.
Eligibility:
Charges for a web casting service are
not eligible for discount under the ERate program.
Web Hosting
(Internet Access)
Description:
Web Hosting is an Internet service
provided by an Internet Service
Provider. The ISP will host a school or
library's website (e.g.,
www.schoolname.org) as part of the
ISP bundled service offering, or as an
optional service.
Eligibility:
Web Hosting services that provide a
means for a school or library to
display content on the Internet is
eligible for discount. However,
eligibility is limited to the hosting
service only, and not the creation or
modification of content, which is not
eligible.
Web Site Creation
Fee
(Internet Access)
Description:
A web site creation fee is a separate
charge for creating a website or
setting up a web address.
Eligibility:
A web site creation fee is not eligible.
Wide Area Network
(WAN)
(Internet Access)
Description:
A wide area network is a voice, data,
and/or video network that provides
connections from within an eligible
school or library to other locations
beyond the school or library.
Eligibility:
An integrated information service that
provides Internet Access through a
Wide Area Network may be eligible for
funding as Internet access if that
offering is the most cost effective
means of accessing the Internet.
Charges for Internet access may
include the cost of leasing on-premise
WAN facilities if certain limited
conditions are met. Please see the
Special Eligibility Conditions below for
further information.
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Not
Eligible
Special Eligibility Conditions:
WAN Versus LAN Components
Lease of Wide Area Network
Infrastructure
Wireless Internet
Access
(Internet Access)
Description:
Wireless Internet access provides
connectivity to the Internet via
wireless technology.
Eligibility:
A wireless service that provides
Internet Access or Internet-based email to eligible locations is eligible
under the same provisions as wired
access to the Internet, if the wireless
service is the most cost effective
means of accessing the Internet or
obtaining Internet-based e-mail.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Wireless Components
Internal Connections
Eligibility Requirements for All Internal Connections:
Internal connections are components located at the applicant site that are
necessary to transport information to classrooms, publicly accessible rooms
of a library, and to eligible administrative areas or buildings. Internal
Connections include connections within, between or among instructional
buildings that comprise a school campus or library branch, but do not include
services that extend beyond the school campus or library branch. For further
information, see the Special Eligibility Condition for “Eligible Users and
Locations” and for “WAN Versus LAN Components.”
Some products may contain both eligible and ineligible features. In general,
funding requests that provide only a single price for both eligible and
ineligible features are fully ineligible. However, cost allocation may be used
to provide separated pricing for the eligible and ineligible components.
However, in limited cases, if such functionality is an integral component part,
is not separately priced, and constitutes only an ancillary feature, the full
cost of the component can be eligible. For further information in determining
whether cost allocation is required, or whether a feature can be considered
ancillary, see the Special Eligibility Conditions for “Cost Allocation” and for
“Ancillary Use.”
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A functional category is provided in parentheses for each Internal
Connections entry. A description for these additional categorizations
is provided in the Special Eligibility Condition for “Functional Categories for
Internal Connections.”
Product Type
(Function)
Description
Access Point
(Data distribution)
Description:
An Access Point is a base station in a
wireless LAN. Access points are
typically stand-alone devices that may
plug into an Ethernet hub or server, or
may provide a repeater function for
wireless networks.
Eligibility:
An access point provides for wireless
networks what cabling provides for
wired networks. Therefore, access
points are "an essential element in the
transmission of information within the
school or library." Note, however, that
eligibility is based on Internal
Connections, i.e., use in a LAN (not a
WAN) environment.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
WAN Versus LAN Components
Antenna
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
An antenna is a device for
transmitting and/or receiving radio
frequency signals.
Eligibility:
Antennas provided as part of Wireless
Local Area Networks (LANs) are
eligible for discount if they are
separately priced on a contract or are
sold separately. Antennas embedded
in ineligible equipment, such as
computer workstations, and not
separately priced on a contract, are
not eligible.
Antennas used for the receipt of overthe-air radio and television broadcast
signals, or radio signals from cable
television operators, are not eligible.
Antennas used for Wireless Wide Area
Networks (WANs) are not eligible as
Internal Connections, but may be
eligible when leased as a part of
Telecommunications Services or
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Eligibility
Internet Access. For further
information, see the entries for “Wide
Area Network (WAN) Services” and
“Wireless Wide Area Network” in the
Telecommunications Services section,
and the entry for “Wireless Internet
Access” in the Internet Access section.
Application software
(Software)
Description:
Application software applies to
software accessed directly by endusers, such as word processors,
spreadsheets, and graphics programs.
Eligibility:
Application software is not eligible.
Not Eligible
Asbestos removal
(None)
Description:
Some older buildings were
constructed using products that
contain asbestos. Asbestos has been
determined to be harmful to health,
so construction in such buildings,
which can make asbestos fibers airborn, is often a difficult and costly
process.
Eligibility:
The cost incurred in the removal of
asbestos is not eligible for discount.
Not Eligible
Automatic Call
Distribution System
(ACD)
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
An Automatic Call Distribution system,
typically used with a PBX, provides a
means of automatically distributing
calls evenly, on a next available agent
basis so that productivity is
maintained and inbound calls are
handled efficiently. The system also
allows the monitoring of operation on
a real time basis. Additionally, some
systems compile historic reports that
enable better utilization of resources
in the handling of incoming calls.
Eligibility:
An Automatic Call Distribution System
is not eligible.
Not Eligible
Automatic Route
Selection (ARS)
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
Automatic Route Selection (ARS) is a
PBX and Centrex service that allows
for automatic selection of the most
efficient and cost effective route. It
may also be referred to as "least cost
routing". By using the ARS feature,
PBX and Centrex stations are routed
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to the most cost efficient service, or
facilities, to make outgoing telephone
calls.
Eligibility:
The cost of the equipment required to
provide ARS is eligible for discount.
Bridge
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A bridge is a data communications
device that connects two or more
network segments, often translating
information from one type of network
protocol to another.
Eligibility:
A bridge that interconnects network
segments within the same campus or
location is eligible if used for an
eligible purpose. The use of bridges
or other devices for caching or other
ineligible functions is not eligible.
Wireless or other bridges used to
connect locations across a public right
of way are presumed to be Wide Area
Network components, and are not
eligible as Internal Connections.
Broadcast / cable
equipment
(Video Components)
Description:
Broadcast / cable equipment applies
to equipment used in the transmission
or receipt of broadcast TV, broadcast
radio, or cable television service. This
includes head-end equipment that is
located at the originating point for
signals in a cable TV system.
Eligibility:
Broadcast and cable are separate
services from telecommunication and
Internet access, and therefore
equipment used in the transmission or
receipt of these services is not
eligible.
Cable Modem
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A cable modem is a modem designed
for use on a TV coaxial cable circuit,
and provides a high-speed data path.
Eligibility:
If used to provide Internet Access,
cable modems are eligible. If used for
cable TV service, they are not eligible.
A cable modem may be leased as part
of an Internet Access Service.
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Not Eligible
Cabling
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
Cabling provides electrical (or, in the
case of fiber optics, lightwave)
connectivity between points.
Eligibility:
Cabling and related components that
are eligible for discount include, but
are not limited to: cable
(copper/fiber/coax/twisted pair), bays,
jacks, blocks, panels, and terminals
necessary to transport information all
the way to individual classrooms.
Wiring that provides electrical service
is not eligible.
Caching Components
(Computers)
Description:
Caching is a method that stores
recently accessed information, so that
it can be displayed more quickly if
required again.
Eligibility:
Devices such as caching servers that
store information accessed from the
Internet may improve the delivery of
information, but are not essential for
transporting this information to the
classroom or library. Therefore such
devices are not eligible. Some
otherwise eligible devices provide
caching on an ancillary basis, and
funding for the eligible device is
possible in some cases. Please see
the Special Eligibility Condition below
for further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Not Eligible
Call Accounting
System
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
A Call Accounting System records
information about telephone calls. It
can provide comprehensive call
costing by associating call records
with users, phone extensions, or
profiles.
Eligibility:
Call accounting systems are not
necessary to transport
Telecommunications or Internet
access to the classroom or publicly
accessible rooms of a library, and are
not eligible for discount.
Not Eligible
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Call Sequencer
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
An Automatic Call Sequencer is a
device or adjunct piece of equipment,
used with a PBX or Key system. The
call sequencer distributes incoming
telephone calls among a select
number of stations or telephones. It
may also be used to answer incoming
telephone calls and provide
prerecorded announcements to the
caller. Some call sequencers are also
designed to generate statistical
reports on number of calls and how
those calls were handled.
Eligibility:
Call sequencers are not necessary to
transport Telecommunications or
Internet access to the classroom or
publicly accessible rooms of a library,
and are not eligible for discount.
Not Eligible
Camera
(End-user)
Description:
A camera is a device for taking visual
pictures, either still or moving.
Eligibility:
End user equipment is not eligible.
Equipment used in the creation or
display of content is not eligible.
Not Eligible
Cartridge Magnetic
Tape
(Storage Devices)
Description:
Cartridge Magnetic Tape provides
replaceable storage capacity, and is
used in tape backup devices.
Eligibility:
Cartridge Magnetic Tape is an
expendable item and is not eligible for
discounts.
Not Eligible
CD/ DVD Player
(End-user)
Description:
A Compact Disc or Digital Video Disc
(CD/DVD) Player is a device that plays
or reproduces the music, voice and/or
video from a Digital Video Disc.
Eligibility:
A Compact Disc or Digital Video Disc
(CD/DVD) Player is not eligible for
discount. However, a CD/DVD drive
may be provided as an integral
component of an eligible product such
as an eligible file server, if it is part of
the standard product configuration
and provided at no additional cost.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Not Eligible
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Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Channel Service Unit
/ Data Service Unit
(CSU/DSU)
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A CSU/DSU is a device that terminates
a digital channel at a customer
premises. It performs certain line
coding, line conditioning, and line
equalization functions, and it responds
to loop back commands sent from the
telephone company central office. A
CSU/DSU sits between the digital line
entering the customer premises from
the central office and devices such as
channel banks or data
communications devices.
Eligibility:
The purchase of a CSU/DSU is eligible
as Internal Connections. Alternatively,
a CSU/DSU may be leased as part of
an eligible Telecommunications or
Internet Access service.
Circuit Card
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
A Circuit Card is a board with
microprocessors, transistors, and
other small electronic components.
Such a board slides into the slot of a
telephone system, personal computer,
or other electronic equipment.
Eligibility:
To be eligible, the circuit card must be
a necessary part of eligible
equipment, e.g., part of an eligible
PBX, router, or file server.
Client Access License
(Software)
Description:
A Client Access License is a software
licensing approach used by some
vendors, and provides authorization to
access a software product.
Eligibility:
Client Access Licenses that provide
access to eligible software are in turn
eligible. For example, Client Access
Licenses for an eligible network
operating system are eligible. Client
Access Licenses for word processing
or spreadsheet software are not
eligible.
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CODEC / Video
Encoder
(Video Components)
Description:
A CODEC ("coder/decoder"), also
known as a video encoder, is a device
comprising an encoder and decoder in
the same equipment. The CODEC
produces a coded output and
compresses and decompresses audio
and video signals.
Eligibility:
A CODEC or video encoder is eligible
for discount.
Conduit, raceway,
power poles
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
Conduit, raceway, and power poles
are metal or plastic pipe used to
protect cable.
Eligibility:
Conduit, raceway, and power poles
are eligible if used for housing eligible
internal connections cabling. Conduit,
raceway, and power poles used for
electrical service wiring are not
eligible. If conduit has a mixed use,
such as for both electrical wiring and
network cabling, cost of the ineligible
portion must be excluded. For further
information, please see the Special
Eligibility Condition for Cost Allocation.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Cost Allocation
Connector
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
A cable connector is a device that
connects wires or fibers.
Eligibility:
Cable connectors for eligible cabling or
equipment are eligible.
Consumables
(None)
Description:
Consumables consist of miscellaneous
components that are depleted with
use, such as tape, splicing materials,
labels, and wire wrap.
Eligibility:
Consumables are eligible if included as
part of the original installation of
eligible components. Consumable
products are ineligible when they are
not included as part of an original
installation. Consumable kits which
contain installation tools are ineligible.
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Coupler
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
A coupler is a passive device that
accepts one input broadband signal
and replicates it onto two or more
outputs.
Eligibility:
A coupler used in the installation of
eligible coaxial cable is eligible for
discount. A coupler used for the
installation of cable television service,
or other ineligible use, is not eligible
for discount.
Disaster recovery
(Data protection)
Description:
Disaster recovery describes a means
of restoring service to a computer
network that has suffered a disaster.
Such costs may include the rental of a
site that houses links and equipment
that is modeled after the network.
Eligibility:
Disaster Recovery is not eligible.
Documentation
(Technical Services)
Description:
Documentation includes support
material provided in the form of paper
or electronic media. It may include
diagrams, blueprints, equipment
specifications or instruction manuals
for services and products.
Eligibility:
Basic documentation is eligible for
discount if provided as part of the
purchase or installation of eligible
equipment or eligible services.
E911 Reader Board
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
The E911 Reader Board is adjunct
hardware for a PBX and used to
access E911 Emergency service.
Eligibility:
An E911 Reader Board is eligible.
Electrical System
Upgrades
(None)
Description:
"Electrical system upgrades" refers to
products and services that provide,
upgrade, or enhance the provision of
electrical power.
Eligibility:
The addition of electrical circuits and
outlets to accommodate computer
hardware is not eligible. However, a
power adapter that converts wall
power to a different voltage required
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Not Eligible
Not Eligible
for operation of an eligible component
is eligible.
E-mail Software
(Software)
Description:
E-mail software provides functionality
for sending and receiving e-mail
messages.
Eligibility:
A server-based, shared software
product that provides e-mail service is
eligible. Such e-mail software may
include basic calendar or scheduling
functionality on an ancillary basis, but
substantial additional functionality,
including database, workflow, or
groupware features, would make the
software product ineligible, unless the
ineligible portions are cost allocated.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Software
Cost Allocation
Environmental
Monitoring
Components
(Data protection)
Description:
Environmental Monitoring components
provide information about heat,
humidity, or other factors in order to
provide a warning system for
conditions that may affect the correct
operation of equipment. For example,
and environmental monitoring card is
sometimes available as an optional
feature of an uninterruptible power
supply, and is used to monitor the
environmental conditions of a rack,
computer room, or data center.
Eligibility:
Environmental monitoring components
are used to monitor or provide climate
control and are not required to deliver
information to individual classrooms
or public areas of a library. Such
components are not eligible for
discount.
Faceplate
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
A faceplate is a cover that fits over a
jack, outlet, or dial.
Eligibility:
Faceplates for telephones and end
user equipment are not eligible.
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Not Eligible
Faceplates for electrical outlets are
not eligible. Faceplates for a
communications jack or data outlet
are eligible.
Fax Machine
(End-user)
Description:
Short for facsimile, a fax machine is a
device in which the image of a
document is electronically transferred
over the telephone network and
printed out elsewhere.
Eligibility:
Fax machines are not eligible for
discount.
File server
(Computers)
Description:
A file server is a shared computer on a
local area network.
Eligibility:
Servers are conditionally eligible for
discount. File servers must serve as a
conduit for information rather than as
a source for content to be eligible. File
servers used principally to supplement
storage requirements of personal
computers on a network are not
eligible. A network operating system
associated with an eligible file server
is likewise eligible for discount,
including functionality provided with
the core network operating system at
no cost.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information. In addition, see the
separate entries for Web Server and
Remote Access Server for eligibility
information about these server types.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Network File Servers
Cost Allocation for File Servers
Firewall
(Data protection)
Description:
A firewall is a hardware and software
combination that sits at the boundary
between an organization's network
and the outside world, and protects
the network against unauthorized
access or intrusions.
Eligibility:
A firewall is eligible for discount if it
provides basic and reasonable security
protections to prevent unauthorized
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access to the information, software,
and systems of an applicant’s eligible
components.
FRAD
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
Short for Frame Relay
Assembler/Disassembler, the FRAD is
a communications device that breaks
a data stream into frames for
transmission over a Frame Relay
network and recreates a data stream
from incoming frames. A Frame Relay
router serves the same purpose but
provides more intelligence in avoiding
congestion.
Eligibility:
FRADs are eligible for discount.
Gateway
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A gateway is a network device that
acts as an entrance to another
network, and often is used to connect
two otherwise incompatible networks.
Eligibility:
A gateway that interconnects network
segments is eligible if used for an
eligible purpose. The use of gateways
or other devices for caching or other
ineligible functions is not eligible.
Hard disk drive
(Storage Devices)
Description:
A hard disk drive is a storage device
that consists of magnetic platters that
spin like a record player, and
magnetic pickup devices, called
heads, that are like the needle of the
record player. All this is sealed in a
vacuum in order to maintain tight
tolerances and enhance service life.
Eligibility:
Hard disk drives, including arrays of
multiple drives, are eligible for
discount if used with an eligible
component such as an eligible server,
for an eligible use, e.g., if they are an
essential element in the transmission
of information within the school or
library. Hard drives and other storage
devices are not eligible if used
principally to supplement storage
requirements of personal computers
on a network. Please see the Special
Eligibility Condition below for further
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information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Storage
Head End Equipment
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
Head End Equipment is located at the
originating point for signals in cable
TV systems.
Eligibility:
Head End Equipment is not eligible for
discount.
Not Eligible
Homework Hotline
Equipment
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
Homework Hotline equipment provides
an automated response or call routing
system that provides information to
callers about school assignments.
Eligibility:
Equipment used to provide a
Homework Hotline, including text to
voice translation modules, recording
devices, automatic dialers, automatic
call directors and other components
are not eligible for discount. However,
some aspects of a Homework Hotline
Service may be eligible as a
Telecommunications Service. See the
entry for Homework Hotline in that
section of this document.
Not Eligible
Hub
(Data distribution)
Description:
Hubs are central connection points for
many types of local area networks,
interconnecting cabling from many
individual devices, such as computer
workstations, printers, servers, and
other hubs.
Eligibility:
Hubs are eligible for discount.
Intercom
(Intercom and voice
paging)
Description:
An intercom is an internal
communication system, originally
consisting of multiple
speaker/microphone devices
connected into an amplifier system.
Now most intercoms are a part of
telephone systems, although separate
intercom systems continue to be used
in many schools.
Eligibility:
A stand-alone intercom system is not
eligible for discount because it does
not facilitate the transport of an
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eligible telecommunications or
Internet access service. However, an
intercom system that is an integral
part of a PBX, Centrex, or key system
can be included as an ancillary
component of the PBX, Centrex, or
key system. Please see the Special
Eligibility Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Interface/Edge
Device
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
An Interface or Edge Device is a
physical device that can pass packets
between a legacy type of network and
an ATM network. The device may be a
router or Ethernet-to-ATM switch that
directly connects to an ATM network.
Eligibility:
Interfaces or Edge Devices are eligible
for discount.
Key System (KSU)
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
A Key System, also known as Com
Key System or a KSU, is a type of
phone system that permits more than
one telephone line, PBX extension,
private line or intercom line to appear
on a single telephone.
Eligibility:
The common control unit of a Key
System is eligible for discount.
Laptop / notebook
computer
(Computers)
Description:
A laptop or notebook computer is a
light weight portable computer
designed for mobility.
Eligibility:
Laptop computers are eligible for
discount only if they are used as an
eligible server. However, in most
cases laptop computers will not meet
the definition of eligible Internal
Connections and will be used as
workstations which are not eligible for
discount.
Lightning Arrestor
(Data protection)
Description:
Lightning Arrestor is a device that
protects computer equipment from
lightning and static.
Eligibility:
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A lightning arrestor is not eligible for
discounts.
Local Area Network
(Data distribution)
Description:
A Local Area Network (LAN) is a short
distance data communications
network used to link together
computers and peripheral devices
under some form of standard control.
The LAN is most often connected by
cabling or wireless links within the
same building. A Local Area Network
consists of several components,
including cabling, file servers,
computer workstations, network
interface cards, printers, and data
distribution equipment such as
network switches, hubs, and routers.
Eligibility:
The components of a Local Area
Network are evaluated individually to
determine eligibility. For example,
network cabling is eligible, but
eligibility of a network file server is
based on the use of the server. See
individual entries for cabling, file
servers, computer workstations,
network interface cards, printers,
network switches, hubs, and routers
for additional information.
There is a rebuttable presumption that
a network that crosses a public rightof-way is not an eligible Local Area
Network. Please see the Special
Eligibility Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
WAN Versus LAN Components
Maintenance and
Technical Support
(Technical Services)
Description:
Basic maintenance services are
“necessary” if, but for the
maintenance at issue, the connection
would not function and serve its
intended purpose with the degree of
reliability ordinarily provided in the
marketplace to entities receiving such
services without e-rate discounts.
Basic maintenance services do not
include services that maintain
equipment that is not supported or
that enhance the utility of equipment
beyond the transport of information,
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or diagnostic services in excess of
those necessary to maintain the
equipment’s ability to transport
information.
Eligibility:
Basic maintenance is eligible for
discount only if it is a component of a
maintenance agreement or contract
for eligible services or products, and
these maintenance services are cost
effective. The agreement or contract
must specifically identify the eligible
products or services covered,
including product name, model
number, and location. The following
products and services are generally
eligible: repair and upkeep of eligible
hardware, wire and cable
maintenance, basic technical support
and configuration changes. The
following products and services are
ineligible: on-site technical support
(i.e., contractor duty station at the
applicant site, when off-site technical
support can provide basic
maintenance on an as-needed basis),
24-hour network monitoring, network
management, help desks (that
provide a comprehensive level of
support beyond basic maintenance of
only eligible components), and
technical support contracts that are
more than basic maintenance.
Mast
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A mast is a structure, or pole, on
which an antenna is placed. Typically,
it is a tall, vertical pole.
Eligibility:
Masts are eligible for discount as
Internal Connections if necessary to
support a Local Area Network.
Media converter
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
A media converter is a module that
converts one type of media to another
type of media for network
compatibility. The actual media can
vary, such a fiber, coax, or twisted
pair.
Eligibility:
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Media converters are eligible when
used for eligible products or services.
Memory module /
Random Access
Memory (RAM)
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
A memory module is the electronic
holding place for instructions and data
that a computer's microprocessor can
reach quickly. The module usually
holds multiple Random Access
Memory (RAM) chips, in a standard
configuration. Common types are
SIMM, DIMM, RDRAM, SDRAM.
Eligibility:
A memory module is eligible if
installed as a component of an eligible
product.
Monitor
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
A monitor is the video display unit
(television screen) that is used to
display information from a computer.
Eligibility:
Monitors used for end user
workstations or other ineligible
equipment are not eligible. However,
one monitor per eligible file server is
eligible for discount.
Multimedia kit
(Software)
Description:
A multimedia kit is a package of
hardware and software that adds
multimedia capabilities to a computer.
Typically a multimedia kit includes a
CD ROM or DVD player, a sound card,
speakers, and a bundle of CD ROMs.
Eligibility:
Multimedia kits include content and/or
are installed as end user equipment,
and therefore are not eligible for
discount.
Multiple-feature
Equipment
(None)
Description:
Multiple-feature equipment includes
equipment that contains both eligible
and ineligible components, such as
both a video codec (eligible) and a
camera (not eligible).
Eligibility:
In general, funding requests that
provide only a single price for a
product or service that contains both
eligible and ineligible functionality are
fully ineligible. However, cost
allocation may be used to provide
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separated pricing for the eligible and
ineligible components. In addition, in
certain limited cases, an eligible
product or service can include
ineligible components on an ancillary
basis. Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Cost Allocation
Ancillary Use
Multiplexer
(Data distribution)
Description:
A multiplexer is electronic equipment
that allows two or more signals to
pass over one communications, or
bearer circuit. The “circuit” may be a
telephone line, dedicated line, or radio
signal. It provides an economic means
for the service provider and customer
to transport multiple circuits by
combining, as an example, up to 24
voice grade circuits on a single bearer
circuit.
Eligibility:
If provided as part of internal
connections for a local area network, a
multiplexer is eligible.
Network Interface
Card (NIC)
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
A network interface card (NIC) is an
electronic device that connects a
workstation or server to a network. A
NIC works with the network software
and computer operating system to
transmit and receive messages on the
network.
Eligibility:
NICs are eligible for discount if they
are separately priced on a contract or
are sold separately. NICs embedded in
ineligible equipment, such as
computer workstations, and not
separately priced on a contract, are
not eligible.
Network Interface
Device
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
The Network Interface Device, or NID,
is a device installed between a
telephone network and the inside wire
of a customer premises. The NID is
generally provided by the telephone
company and is the transition, or
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demarcation point between the
company's network and the
customer's inside wiring.
Eligibility:
A NID is the beginning of the Internal
Connections on the customer's
premises. Installed with
Telecommunications Services, there is
normally no charge for the NID.
However, if a cost is associated with
the installation of the NID or the NID
itself, it is eligible for discount as
Internal Connections.
The NID also can be provided as a
part of Telecommunications Services if
it is installed coincident with a
Telecommunications Service.
Network
Management
(Technical Services)
Description:
Network Management is a system of
equipment or software used in
monitoring, controlling, and managing
a communications network.
Eligibility:
Network management software,
services, and equipment are not
eligible for discount.
Network Switch
(Data distribution)
Description:
A switch is a mechanical or electronic
device that completes or breaks an
electrical path, or selects the paths for
communication. More specifically,
network switches provide capability
similar to that described in the entry
for Hub in this section, but additionally
provide a dedicated bandwidth at each
network port, rather than a shared
bandwidth among all ports.
Eligibility:
Network switches are eligible for
discount.
Operating System
Software
(Software)
Description:
An Operating System is software that
enables the basic operations of a
computer system or other electronic
device. For example, it can configure
the communication paths between
memory and storage. Other software
depends on the functions of the
operating system in order to operate
correctly.
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Eligibility:
Software required to obtain operation
of eligible equipment, such as network
operating system software, is eligible
if required as a core component of an
eligible Internal Connection. Software
available separately that provides
optional operational features is not
eligible for discount.
Examples of ineligible operational
software include separate products
that provide caching, filtering,
network administration, network
management, and web site
construction. Such functionality may
be included as an ancillary component
of otherwise eligible operational
software, but only if the conditions for
ancillary use apply. Please see the
Special Eligibility Condition below for
further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Pager
(End-user)
Description:
A Pager (also known as a Beeper) is
the receiving end of a paging service
and is a small device worn on the belt,
or carried in a handbag. Pagers
provide text or voice messages, or
both.
Eligibility:
The purchase, lease, or maintenance
of pagers is not eligible for discount.
However, a Paging Service may be
eligible as a Telecommunications
Service. See Paging Service in the
Telecommunications Services section
of this document.
Not Eligible
Personal Computer
(Computers)
Description:
Personal computers, or workstations,
are computers designated, or
designed for one person’s use. They
are distinguished from computers
used in the routing of information to
individual classrooms.
Eligibility:
Personal computers are not eligible for
discount.
Not Eligible
Personal Digital
Description:
Not Eligible
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Assistant (PDA)
(Computers)
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is a
handheld device that combines
computing, telephone/fax, and
networking features.
Eligibility:
PDAs are end-user equipment that do
not meet the definition of eligible
Internal Connections. They are
therefore ineligible for discount.
Phone Modem
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
Phone modems are devices that
convert data signals into suitable form
for transmission and receipt over a
telephone line.
Eligibility:
Phone modems are not eligible if
provided in or with end-user
equipment. Phone modems can be
eligible if used with an eligible file
server or other eligible device for
providing dial-in network access.
However, limitations apply in the
eligible use of modems, as described
in the entry for Remote Access
Components.
Printer
(End-user)
Description:
A printer is a device that receives
computer information and prints it on
paper.
Eligibility:
Printers are not eligible for discount.
Private Branch
Exchange (PBX)
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
A PBX is a telephone switching system
located at a business or organization’s
site. The PBX provides internal
station-to-station dialing and access
to the public switched network.
Eligibility:
A PBX and the core PBX operating
system are, in general, eligible for
discount. Some products may have
modules or features that are not
eligible. These include Automatic Call
Distribution, and programming
modules or software. If these
ineligible components are available
separately, or the applicant
specifically seeks the ineligible
functions, their cost must be
subtracted from the amount eligible
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for discount. If the ineligible
components are not available
separately, the full product may be
eligible for discount, but only if the
conditions for ancillary use apply.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Processor terminator
card
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
A processor terminator card is a
device installed in a multi-processor
computer to signal the computer that
only one processor is installed.
Eligibility:
The processor terminator card is
eligible if installed in an eligible
server.
Proxy server
(Computers)
Description:
A proxy server is a device that sits
between "trusted clients" (e.g.,
workstations inside an organization)
and "untrusted clients" (e.g., the
Internet) and provides security
features and oftentimes address
translation. To the untrusted clients,
communication appears to be taking
place with the proxy, even though the
communication is passed through, to
and from the trusted clients.
Eligibility:
A proxy server is eligible for discount
if it provides basic and reasonable
security protections to prevent
unauthorized access to the
information, software, and systems of
an applicant’s eligible components.
Public Address (PA)
System
(Intercom and voice
paging)
Description:
A Public Address system allows the
user to make announcements through
the use of amplifiers and speakers.
Eligibility:
A Public Address system, which is a
stand-alone system and not integral
as a bundled component of a PBX,
Centrex or key system, is not eligible
for discounts.
PVBX
Description:
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(Video Components)
A PVBX or Private Video Branch
Exchange is a video PBX. The PVBX
integrates the functionality of a PBX
by providing video integrated into the
switching matrix of the PVBX. The
PVBX acts as a video distribution
system linking classrooms and
administration as well as traditional
PBX methodologies.
Eligibility:
A PVBX follows the same eligibility
requirements as a PBX—in general, it
is eligible for discount. See the listing
for PBX for detailed eligibility
information.
Racks and Cabinets
(None)
Description:
A rack is a metal supporting
framework for mounting cables,
equipment or wires. A cabinet is an
enclosure for equipment, terminating
cables, connection devices and/or
wires.
Eligibility:
Racks and cabinets are eligible only to
the extent that the components they
contain are eligible.
Remote Access
Components
(Computers)
Description:
Remote access components, such as a
remote access router or
communications server, provide one
or more interfaces that allow dial-up
or remote access to a network.
Eligibility:
Components that are capable of
providing remote access can be
eligible if steps are taken to ensure
that only eligible entities, from eligible
locations, will have the capability to
access them. Remote access cannot
be available from homes or other nonschool or non-library sites. Applicants
are required to provide a signed and
dated certification that this condition
is met.
The required certification is as follows:
“The remote access equipment for
which I seek discounts either will not
be used to provide remote access in
the funding year or, if it is to be used
remotely, I will take steps to ensure
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that only entities eligible for support
under the Schools and Libraries
Support Mechanism have the
capability to access it. In the latter
case, for example, access will not be
available from homes or other nonschool or non-library sites.”
Router
(Data distribution)
Description:
Routers are switching devices that can
act as an interface between two
networks, and connect different
segments such as departments or
floors in a building. Functionally,
routers select the routing path for
traffic, may provide features such as
load balancing, and can provide
trouble shooting diagnostic
capabilities.
Eligibility:
A router and the core router operating
system are eligible for discount when
used for an eligible purpose. Some
products may have modules or
features that are not eligible, such as
functionality for content filtering,
management, caching, and Virtual
Private Networks. If these ineligible
components are available separately,
or the applicant specifically seeks the
ineligible functions, their cost must be
subtracted from the amount eligible
for discount. If the ineligible
components are not available
separately, the full product may be
eligible for discount, but only if the
conditions for ancillary use apply.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Cost Allocation
Ancillary Use
Satellite Dish
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A Satellite Dish is an antenna capable
of receiving signals from, and in some
cases transmitting signals to, a
communications satellite.
Eligibility:
Satellite Dishes used for Wireless
Wide Area Networks (WANs) are not
eligible as Internal Connections.
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Satellite Dishes used for the receipt of
over-the-air radio and television
broadcast signals, or radio signals
from cable television operators, are
not eligible because these are not
considered telecommunications
services. Note, however, that satellite
dishes may be provided as a part of
an eligible leased service in other
categories of service. See the entries
for “Wide Area Network (WAN)
Services” and “Wireless Wide Area
Network” in the Telecommunications
Services section, and the entry for
“Wide Area Network” in the Internet
Access section.
Serial card
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
A serial card is a printed circuit card
installed in an expansion slot of a
computer that provides one or more
serial communication ports, often for
the purpose of connecting one or
more modems.
Eligibility:
Serial cards are eligible if the devices
they support and the intended use of
the cards are eligible. If used to
provide remote access, see also the
entry for Remote Access Components.
Spare Parts
(None)
Description:
Spare parts are components on hand
to replace hardware that fails.
Eligibility:
Spare parts are not eligible.
Not Eligible
Speakers
(Circuit
cards/components)
Description:
Speakers are the components that
provide sound from a computer,
phone, intercom, stereo system, or
other device. This entry refers only to
external speakers, and not speakers
built into a computer or other
component.
Eligibility:
Speakers for end users are not
eligible. However, speakers may be
provided as an integral component of
an eligible product such as an eligible
file server, if they are part of the
standard product configuration and
provided at no additional cost. Please
Not Eligible
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see the Special Eligibility Condition
below for further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Station Message
Detail Recording
(SMDR)
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
Station Message Detail Recording
(SMDR) or Call Detail Recording (CDR)
is a software/hardware PBX
component that provides the ability to
generate reports on call details. Those
details include, but are not limited to,
call duration, PBX station number,
time and date, trunk route, dialed
number and cost of call.
Eligibility:
Station Message Detail Recording
(SMDR) and Call Detail Recording
(CDR) are not eligible for discount.
Not Eligible
Storage Media
(Storage Devices)
Description:
Storage media include products such
as cartridge magnetic tape and floppy
disks, and provide replaceable
storage.
Eligibility:
Storage media are considered to be
consumable products that are not
eligible.
Not Eligible
Storage Products
(Storage Devices)
Description:
Storage products provide electronic
data storage on magnetic or other
media. Devices include CD ROM drive
(and CD tower), DVD drive, floppy
disk drive, hard drive, and Zip drive.
Eligibility:
Products that provide electronic data
storage on magnetic or other media,
for eligible file servers or other eligible
products, are conditionally eligible,
based on whether the software and/or
data stored provides an eligible
purpose, e.g. if it is necessary to
transport information all the way to
individual classrooms.
In addition, storage products that
provide a combination of eligible and
ineligible functionality are fully
ineligible, unless they are able to be
cost-allocated. Consumable products
such as floppy disks and recordable
CD ROM media are not eligible.
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Please see the Special Eligibility
Conditions below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Storage
Cost Allocation
Surge protector and
power strip
(Data protection)
Description:
Power strips provide multiple electrical
commercial AC power outlets and can
serve as an electrical extension cord.
They may also protect equipment
against voltage spikes and electrical
disturbances (surge protection).
Eligibility:
Power strips are electrical devices
ineligible for discount. However, a
rack-mounted or cabinet-mounted
power strip/surge protector may be
included on an ancillary basis as a
part of an eligible component such as
an eligible equipment rack. Please see
the Special Eligibility Condition below
for further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Ancillary Use
Switchboard and
Attendant Console
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
The operation of a PBX or Centrex
system requires the use of a
switchboard or attendant console for
the transfer of incoming calls to the
appropriate extension when systems
are not equipped with Direct Inward
Dialing. The switchboard or attendant
console may include Direct Station
Selection (DSS), which provides an
easy means for transferring calls.
Eligibility:
One switchboard or attendant console,
with or without Direct Station
Selection, qualifies for discount with
each eligible PBX or Centrex system.
System
Improvements and
Upgrades
(None)
Description:
A system improvement or upgrade
provides enhanced functionality to an
existing product or configuration of
products.
Eligibility:
Improvements and upgrades to
eligible services are eligible for
discounts. Memory upgrades, for
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example, to eligible file servers are
eligible, but memory upgrades would
not be eligible in end user
workstations.
Tape Backup
(Data protection)
Description:
Tape Backup units provide copies of
computer files on magnetic tape, for
protection against a catastrophic
failure. Tape backup technologies
include QIC, DAT, 8mm, DLT, AIT, and
ADR.
Eligibility:
Tape backup units are eligible when
used as part of an eligible server.
They are not eligible when part of a
PC, or workstation. A cartridge
included with a tape backup may be
provided as an integral component of
the backup unit, if the cartridge is part
of the standard product configuration
and provided at no additional cost.
The cost of purchasing additional or
separate tapes is not eligible.
Telephone,
Telephone
Instruments
(End-user)
Description:
Telephones, also known as telephone
sets, telephone instruments, digital
voice terminals, and voice terminals
are the end-user equipment used to
transmit and receive communications.
Eligibility:
Telephones and end-user telephone
accessories are not eligible for
discount.
Terminal Adapter
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
The Terminal Adapter (TA) is a device
that connects a computer to an
external digital communications line,
such as an ISDN line.
Eligibility:
Terminal adapters are eligible if used
to connect to an eligible digital
transmission service.
Test Equipment
(None)
Description:
Test Equipment is used to test
hardware software, cable continuity,
telecommunications links, etc.
Eligibility:
Test equipment is not eligible.
Transceiver
Description:
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Not Eligible
Not Eligible
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
A transceiver is a device that
transmits and receives analog or
digital signals. The term is used most
frequently to describe the component
in local area networks (LANs) that
actually applies signals onto the
network wire and detects signals
passing through the wire. For many
LANs, the transceiver is built into the
network interface card (NIC), while
others require an external transceiver.
Eligibility:
A separate transceiver is eligible for
discount.
TX-to-FX converter
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A TX-to-FX converter is a device that
converts a copper connection to a
fiber optic connection.
Eligibility:
A TX-to-FX converter is eligible for
discount.
Uninterruptible Power
Supply / Battery
Backup
(Data protection)
Description:
An Uninterruptible Power Supply
(UPS), also called a battery backup, is
a device that provides backup electric
energy to a piece of equipment in the
event of a power failure.
Eligibility:
A UPS is eligible if provided for use
with an eligible component. In
addition, a UPS Interface Expander
(which allows a UPS to provide power
management to multiple devices) and
a Relay I/O Module (which establishes
UPS protection for equipment not predesigned for a UPS interface) are
eligible if used for eligible equipment.
A UPS system used as protection for
both eligible and ineligible
components must be cost allocated.
Please see the Special Eligibility
Condition below for further
information.
In addition, funding will not be
provided for capacities that can
provide continued backup power for
substantial periods in excess of that
necessary for basic power protection.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Cost Allocation
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Video Equipment
(Video Components)
Description:
Video Equipment involves a range of
capabilities and technologies that
provide moving images on television
screens or computer monitors.
Eligibility:
Video Equipment used to transport
video information all the way to
individual classrooms or public areas
of a library is eligible for discount.
Video Equipment used for storage or
caching is not eligible. Video
Equipment used by end users is not
eligible. Please see the Special
Eligibility Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Video Components
Virtual Private
Network (VPN)
Components
(Data distribution)
Description:
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) uses
encryption and/or tunneling services
in order to provide highly secure
communication over the public
Internet or in some cases over pointto-point links.
Eligibility:
Software and/or hardware equipment
used for enhanced security features
over a Virtual Private Network are not
eligible for discount as Internal
Connections.
Voice Compression
Module
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
A Voice Compression Module allows
voice and fax traffic to share the same
lines as data and LAN traffic.
Eligibility:
A Voice Compression Module is an
eligible component of Internal
Connections when it is installed in an
eligible component.
Voice Interface Card
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
Voice interface cards (VIC) are usually
components of a router or PBX system
that interface with internal systems
and the Public Switched Telephone
Network. Some examples of VICs are
FXO Cards, E&M Cards, and FXS Cards.
Eligibility:
Voice Interface Cards are eligible for
discount.
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Not Eligible
Voice/Fax Network
Module
(Interfaces,
gateways, antennas)
Description:
A Voice/Fax module is an access
product that enables the transmission
of multiprotocol data--voice, fax and
LAN--over frame relay, leased line,
DDS or ISDN services.
Eligibility:
Voice/Fax modules are eligible when
used with eligible equipment.
Voice/video over IP
(VoIP) components
(Data distribution)
Description:
Voice/video over IP (VoIP)
components refers to equipment that
utilizes the TCP/IP suite of protocols
to provide voice and/or video
communications.
Eligibility:
Otherwise eligible Internal
Connections components may include
technology for providing real-time or
near real-time voice or video over IP
(VoIP).
Web Server
(Computers)
Description:
A Web server is a computer file server
used to provide information to users
of the Internet, and can also be used
to provide web-based software
applications and other web-based
functions.
Eligibility:
A web server used to provide content
to users of the Internet is eligible for
discount. A Web server used for
ineligible functions such as providing
software applications, database
functions, or storage of end user files
is considered an Application Server,
Database Server, or Archive Server,
respectively, and therefore is not
eligible. Please see the Special
Eligibility Condition below for further
information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Network File Servers
Wire and Cable
Maintenance
(Technical Services)
Description:
Wire and Cable Maintenance Plan
refers to the repair, replacement and
maintenance of customer owned
inside cabling.
Eligibility:
The maintenance of eligible internal
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cabling is eligible for discount as a
component of contracted maintenance
support. See the entry for
Maintenance and Technical Support
for further information.
Wire manager
(Cabling/connectors)
Description:
Wire managers are wire restraints to
house or arrange wiring and cabling.
They can be aluminum or plastic and
may be rack mountable.
Eligibility:
Wire managers are eligible when used
with eligible wiring and cabling.
Wireless Local Area
Network
(Data distribution)
Description:
A Wireless Local Area Network
provides the functionality of a local
area network using wireless
components rather than cabling.
Eligibility:
A wireless Local Area Network has the
same eligibility as other Local Area
Networks. Hubs, access points,
antenna and other components that
provide a wireless Local Area Network
capability are eligible for discount. See
the entries for “Local Area Network,”
“Antenna,” and “Network Interface
Card” in this section for additional
information.
Wireless Local Area
Network
(Data distribution)
Description:
A wireless local area network achieves
LAN functionality but uses wireless
technology such as radio in place of
cables.
Eligibility:
A wireless Local Area Network has the
same eligibility as other Local Area
Networks. Hubs, access points,
antenna and other components that
provide a wireless Local Area Network
capability are eligible for discount. See
the entries for “Local Area Network,”
“Antenna,” and “Network Interface
Card” in this section for additional
information.
Wireless PBX Adjunct
(Telephony
Components)
Description:
A Wireless PBX Adjunct functions in
conjunction with a Private Branch
Exchange, to provide wireless
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capability to the station end.
Eligibility:
A Wireless PBX Adjunct is eligible for
discount.
Workstation
(Computers)
Description:
A computer workstation is a personal
computer that may operate in a
stand-alone environment, or may be
connected to a host computer as part
of a network.
Eligibility:
Workstations, personal computers, or
other end user components are not
eligible for discount. If the keyboard,
mouse, display, or other features of a
computer workstation are used by
end users, computer workstations are
not eligible, even if the workstation
can also function in the capacity of a
file server.
Not Eligible
Miscellaneous
The service category for entries in this section should reflect the same category as
the product or service being installed or maintained--Telecommunications Services,
Internet Access, or Internal Connections.
Product Type
(Function)
Broadcast Services
(Miscellaneous)
Description
Eligibility
Description:
Broadcast services provide access to
the general public to video and/or
audio information from over-the-air
radio or television stations, including
satellite broadcast stations.
Eligibility:
Services that provide access to
broadcast content, cable television
content, or similar general-purpose
point-to-multipoint information are
not considered telecommunications
services and are therefore not eligible
for discount.
Not Eligible
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Change Fees
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Change fees are charges imposed for
the modification of an existing
service.
Eligibility:
Costs incurred in modifying an
existing eligible service to another
eligible service are eligible.
Configuration
Charges
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
"Configuration" places a product or
service into operation, or modifies the
operation of an existing product or
service.
Eligibility:
Charges for the configuration of
eligible hardware and software are
eligible.
Construction Costs
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Construction costs involve the
creation, modification, or repair of
physical facilities, such as the
removal, creation, repair, or
replacement of walls and doorways.
Eligibility:
Construction costs generally are not
eligible. However, minor construction
incidental to component installation,
that restores a facility to preinstallation conditions, is eligible.
Asbestos removal is not eligible.
Contingency Fee
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
A contingency fee is an additional
potential cost included in a price
quotation, contract, or agreement to
accommodate unplanned factors that
might arise once an installation is
underway.
Eligibility:
In cases in which the scope of the
work make it difficult to determine the
specific costs beforehand, a service
provider may include a reasonable
contingency fee, but such a
contingency fee is eligible only if it is
a regular business practice of the
service provider.
Dark Fiber
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Dark fiber refers to fiber optic cable
for which the service provider has not
provided modulating electronics, i.e.,
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it is "dark.” In some cases, this
communication capacity will be leased
to organizations that will add their
own modulating electronics.
Eligibility:
The FCC has not resolved whether
unlit dark fiber is a
telecommunications service. Pending
resolution of this issue, it is not
eligible for funding. Please see the
Special Eligibility Condition below for
further information.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Lease of Wide Area Network
Infrastructure
Extended Warranty
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Extended warranties are those that
cover periods of time both within and
outside the current funding year.
Eligibility:
Eligibility is limited only to that
portion of the warranty within the
current funding year. Extended or
multi-year warranties must be
prorated so only the portion of the
warranty applicable to the current
funding year is funded. However, if a
manufacturer’s multi-year warranty is
included in the price of the equipment
for all customers without a separately
identified cost, proration is not
required.
Finance or Interest
Charges
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
A finance charge, or interest, is a
charge assessed for borrowing.
Eligibility:
Finance or interest charges assessed
for loans to fund the lease or
purchase of products or services are
not eligible.
Freight Assurance
Fees
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Freight assurance fees are fees
assessed to the purchaser for the
guarantee of safe delivery to their
premises of goods, i.e., they provide
shipping insurance.
Eligibility:
Freight assurance fees are eligible for
discount if associated with eligible
components.
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Not Eligible
Lease Fees
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
A lease fee is a charge for the use of
goods that are not owned by the
applicant, i.e., rent.
Eligibility:
Lease fees charged for the use of
eligible services and products are
eligible. However, any finance
charges, associated with leasing or
otherwise, are not eligible.
Per Diem
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Per diem is a dollar amount
designated to a vendor for daily
expenses such as lodging and food. It
may or may not include travel time.
Eligibility:
Per diem expenses are eligible for
funding if a contract with a vendor for
eligible services specifically stipulates
or allows for per diem, and it is cost
effective. It is not eligible if it is not
part of a contract or bid.
Performance Bond
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
A Performance Bond, also known as a
Bid Bond, is a legal obligation,
generally obtained by the vendor or
contractor from a third party, that
guarantees the terms of the contract
or agreement are met. In the event of
default or failure to meet the terms,
the bond would be used to complete
the contracted work.
Eligibility:
Performance Bonds are not eligible.
Not Eligible
Programming
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Programming refers to the creation of
software.
Eligibility:
Charges for programming of eligible
internal connections are eligible for
discount to the extent that the
charges are for the configuration of
eligible operational software.
Not Eligible
Shipping Charges
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Shipping Charges are the charges
associated with the delivery of
products from their point of origin to
the customer premises.
Eligibility:
Shipping Charges are eligible for
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discount when they are for the
delivery of eligible products or
services.
Taxes, Surcharges,
and Other Similar
Charges
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Taxes, surcharges, and other similar
charges refer generally to additional
fees that are a necessary component
of the cost of a product or service.
Eligibility:
Federal taxes, state taxes, and other
similar, reasonable charges incurred
in obtaining eligible
Telecommunications Services,
Internet access and internal
connections are eligible.
Technical Services
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Technical services provide service
provider expertise for the
implementation or maintenance of
technology.
Eligibility:
Technical services are eligible if they
are tied directly to, and required for,
installation, basic configuration, and
initial operation of eligible products
and services. Services associated with
initial planning, such as a
determination of the technology to be
deployed, are not eligible. Please see
the Special Eligibility Condition below
for further information about eligibility
of costs for Design & Engineering,
Installation, Maintenance & Technical
Support, Project Management,
Training, Consulting Services, and
Personnel Costs.
Special Eligibility Conditions:
Technical Services
Termination Charges
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Termination charges are fees
assessed for the removal or
discontinuation of a product or
service.
Eligibility:
Charges for termination liability or
other charges not involved with
obtaining or initiating eligible services
are not eligible.
Travel Time
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Travel time refers to the time required
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for service provider personnel to
travel to and/or from locations
necessary to provide eligible services.
Eligibility:
The cost of travel to and from a work
site is eligible for discount only if a
contract with a vendor for eligible
services stipulates, or allows, travel
time, and it is cost effective. It is not
eligible if it is not part of a contract or
bid.
Two-way Radio
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Two way radios are wireless end-user
devices used to communicate,
generally over short distances.
Eligibility:
Two way radios are not used to
provide Telecommunications Services,
and do not meet the definition of an
eligible Internal Connections.
Video Services
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Video services involve to the
transmission of visual images.
Eligibility:
Services that provide video
transmissions may be provided under
the eligibility requirements for
Telecommunications Service or
Internet Access. Cable and broadcast
television, however, are not eligible
for discount.
Voice Mail Service
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Voice Mail Service is an information
service that allows users to receive
voice messages left by telephone
callers, and may have other features
such as message forwarding.
Eligibility:
Voice mail services provided for one
or more telephone lines are eligible for
discount. Voice mail service need not
be provided by an eligible
telecommunications provider to be
eligible.
For administrative convenience, voice
mail service may be requested in
either the Telecommunications
Services category of service (if the
service provider is an eligible
telecommunications provider) or the
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Internet Access category of service
(for any service provider).
In addition, voice mail equipment may
be requested in the Internal
Connections category of service.
However, end-user products such as
answering machines are not eligible
for discount.
Voice over IP (VoIP)
Service
(Miscellaneous)
Description:
Voice over IP (VoIP), IP telephony,
and related service offerings
all employ a technology to transmit
voice conversations over a data
network using the Internet Protocol.
Similar Internet protocols can be used
to provide video services.
Eligibility:
IP-enabled services are the subject of
an open proceeding at the FCC to
determine, among other things,
whether certain types are
telecommunications services. Pending
FCC action with respect to specific
services, such services are not eligible
for funding.
Not Eligible
Special Eligibility Conditions
Title:
Ancillary Use
Condition:
If a product or service includes ineligible
functionality, then, in general, the proportionate cost
of this functionality must be removed from funding
requests through a cost allocation process. However,
in certain limited cases, if any ineligible functionality
is strictly ancillary to the principle uses of the
product or service, the full product or service may be
eligible for discounts.
The following conditions are considered when
evaluating whether ineligible functionality is
ancillary: (1) The package represents the most cost-
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effective bid for the eligible product or service. (2)
The consideration of cost-effectiveness must be
made without considering ineligible features. (3) The
package is a standard product offering that includes
the ineligible features as an intrinsic part, with no
separated pricing available. (4) The applicant is not
specifically seeking one or more of the ineligible
components. (5) Any added content must be
minimal.
Funding requests that include only a single price for
components that contain both eligible and ineligible
functionality, and fail to meet the requirements for
Ancillary Use, are fully ineligible. Therefore,
applicants are encouraged to utilize a cost allocation
process to remove ineligible functionality whenever
feasible. For further information, see Cost Allocation
Guidelines for Products and Services that Contain
Eligible and Ineligible Components located in the
Reference Area of the SLD Web site
(www.sl.universalservice.org).
Cost Allocation
Products and services available in the commercial
marketplace may contain both eligible and ineligible
components. However, E-rate discounts can be
provided only for products and services that are
eligible under program rules. Cost Allocation is a
process whereby an applicant provides a fair
delineation of the eligible and ineligible components
of a product or service, so that partial funding can
be provided.
In general, funding requests that include only a
single price for components that contain both eligible
and ineligible functionality will be deemed fully
ineligible. See the SLD web document Cost Allocation
Guidelines for Products and Services that Contain
Eligible and Ineligible Components for further
information, which additionally describes Ancillary
Use, which is funding for components that include
ineligible functionality strictly on an ancillary basis.
Cost Allocation for
File Servers
File servers and other components can be used
simultaneously for multiple purposes, some of which
are eligible and some not eligible. Cost allocation is
required to remove any ineligible functionality from
funding requests. However, the exact usage of a file
server or other product with multiple uses may be
difficult to determine before the product is installed
and utilized. A simplified method of cost allocation is
available to accommodate this situation. It is based
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on a simple averaging process of the different
functions of the product that is described more fully
in the SLD web document Cost Allocation Guidelines
for File Servers and Other Components.
Digital Transmission
Services
Leased data circuits for voice, video, and/or data
that connect an eligible school or library facility to
other locations beyond the school or library,
including an Internet Service Provider, are eligible
for discount.
Technologies employed may include, but are not
limited to: Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM),
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL, ADSL, SDSL, HDSL,
IDSL, VDSL), DS-1, DS-2, DS-3, Frame Relay,
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), OC-1,
OC-3, OC-12, OC-N, Satellite, Switched Multimegabit
Data Service (SMDS), T-1, T-2, T-3, Fractional T-1,
and Wireless.
Data circuits that provide voice, video, or data
connectivity exclusively within school or library
grounds are not eligible for funding as a
Telecommunications Service, but may be eligible as
Internal Connections.
Eligible Users and
Locations
Eligible users and locations are those that are
involved with activities that are integral, immediate,
and proximate to the education of students or the
provision of library services to patrons. The
presumption is that activities on school or library
property meet this standard. Some offsite
telecommunications activities may also meet this
standard, such as a school bus driver using a cell
phone, connectivity to a mobile library van, and
paging service for teachers on field trips.
The term “school or library property” includes a
District Office of similar facility, but does not include
businesses or organizations separate from a school
or library organization. For example, the facilities of
a business that has contracted with a school to
provide bus service do not constitute a location
eligible for E-rate support.
Employees of a school or library with a normal duty
station at an eligible location are eligible users.
Employees of a non-school or non-library activity,
even if located on school or library property, such as
a state government office with responsibilities other
than education or library services (e.g., a division of
motor vehicles), are not eligible users.
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Functional
Categories
for Internal
Connections
Cabling/connectors
Cabling and connectors for the distribution of voice,
video, and data within eligible locations are, in
general, eligible.
Circuit
cards/components
Circuit cards and other components that work in or
with an eligible component, and provide an eligible
function, are in turn eligible.
Computers
Computers used as file servers or similar centralized
functions can be eligible if the use is necessary to
transport information all the way to individual
classrooms or public areas of a library.
Data distribution
Components used to distribute information from
telecommunications or Internet access facilities, all
the way to individual classrooms or public areas of
a library, are eligible.
Data protection
Some types of data protection components are used
to ensure continued operation of eligible equipment,
and can be eligible.
End-user
End-user equipment is not eligible.
Intercom and voice
paging
Intercom and voice paging equipment does not
facilitate transport of telecommunications or
Internet access information, and is not eligible.
Interfaces,
gateways,
antennas
Interfaces, gateways, and antennas that are used
as Internal Connections to transport
telecommunications or Internet Access information
all the way to individual classrooms or public areas
of a library are eligible.
Miscellaneous
See individual entries for eligibility information.
None
No category is indicated-- see the individual
descriptions for eligibility information.
Software
Operating system software that is required for
operation of an eligible component, and e-mail
software, is eligible. End user software is not
eligible.
Storage Devices
Devices used to store eligible software and files are
eligible for discount, but devices used to store
ineligible software and files are not eligible.
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Technical Services
The assistance of contractor personnel, when tied
directly to the provision of an eligible product or
service, can be eligible. See the individual entries
for qualifying information. See also the entry for
Technical Services in the Miscellaneous section of
this document.
Telephony
Centralized telephony components that are an
essential element in the transport of information
within eligible locations are eligible. End user
components are not eligible.
Video
Centralized video components that are an essential
element in the transport of information within
eligible locations are eligible. End user components
are not eligible.
Internet Access
with Ineligible
Features
Some Internet Access services may include features that
are not themselves eligible, such as specialized content,
caching services, and/or filtering services. In general,
funding requests that provide only a single price for a
product or service that contains both eligible and
ineligible functionality are fully ineligible. However, cost
allocation may be used to provide separated pricing for
the eligible and ineligible components.
In addition, in certain limited cases, an eligible product
or service can include ineligible components on an
ancillary basis. See the Special Eligibility Condition for
Ancillary Use for additional information about the
conditions and limitations of the Ancillary Use approach.
Lease of Wide Area
Network
Infrastructure
Facilities that provide a Wide Area Network may only be
leased by applicants--not purchased. Limitations apply
to the reimbursements that are available for initial
implementation costs (leased equipment and its
installation) of service provider infrastructure. The Wide
Area Network Fact Sheet has full details about exclusive
access limitations, amortization requirements, and other
eligibility conditions for lease of Wide Area Network
functionality.
Network File
Servers
A file server is a shared computer on a local area
network, and can be eligible or ineligible for discounts,
depending on how it is used. Eligible servers are used to
provide functionality for Dynamic Host Configuration
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Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name Services (DNS), E-mail,
Firewall/Proxy Server, or Terminal Services. Ineligible
uses include Application Server (e.g., providing
application software to end users), Database Server,
Data Warehouse Server (including storage of non-e-mail
end user files), and Archive Server.
In addition, the following uses are not eligible: Caching
Server and Print Server. In the case of these latter two
functions, however, an eligible server may provide these
features coincidentally if the principal functionality of the
server is for other eligible purposes, and the ineligible
features are included as an intrinsic part of the core
network operating system.
A computer that is used by an end user, even if the
computer is configured to provide server functionality, is
not eligible for discount.
Software
Eligible software consists only of operating system
software for shared systems and multi-user e-mail or
voice mail software. For example, software for a
network operating system and a router operating
system are eligible. Other types of software such as all
end user software is not eligible.
Ineligible software includes application software,
developmental software, network management
software, operating system software for end user
computers, security software, and utility software.
The e-mail portion of groupware software is eligible, and
cost allocation may be used for discounts on the eligible
portion.
Ineligible functionality may be included with network
operating system software, if such functionality is a
standard component part. For example, although a
separate component for providing a print server
functionality is not eligible, such functionality may be
provided as a standard component part of a network
operating system.
A computer operated by an end user, that is also set up
as a network server, is considered an ineligible end user
computer.
Storage
Data storage products are not eligible if used to store
the following information: end user files other than email files, application software, other ineligible software,
archival information, and caching files.
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However, unless excluded in the above list, storage
products may be used for network operating system
files (when the associated file server is used for an
eligible purpose), Domain Name Service (DNS) files,
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) files, Web
server software and files (when used for providing
information available on the worldwide Internet), and Email software and files.
Storage devices on end users computers are not eligible.
Devices used to supplement storage requirements of
personal computers on a network are not eligible.
Technical Services
Some types of technical services, and their limitations
for eligibility, are as follows.
DESIGN AND ENGINEERING—Basic design and
engineering costs necessary for installation and initial
configuration are eligible only if they are coincident (i.e.,
occur at the same time) with the installation of eligible
equipment and services and if part of a contract or bid
for those eligible products or services.
INSTALLATION—Services tied directly to installation and
initial configuration are eligible; services for planning,
architecture design, and other activities not tied directly
to actual installation and initial configuration are not
eligible.
MAINTENANCE AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT—Basic
maintenance is eligible for discount only if it is a
component of a maintenance agreement or contract for
eligible services or products, and these maintenance
services are cost effective. The agreement or contract
must specifically identify the eligible products or services
covered, including product name, model number, and
location. The following products and services are
generally eligible: repair and upkeep of eligible
hardware, wire and cable maintenance, basic technical
support and configuration changes. The following
products and services are ineligible: on-site technical
support (i.e., contractor duty station at the applicant
site, when off-site technical support can provide basic
maintenance on an as-needed basis), 24-hour network
monitoring, network management, help desks (that
provide a comprehensive level of support beyond basic
maintenance of only eligible components), and technical
support contracts that are more than basic
maintenance.
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT—Basic costs associated with the
management of the installation and initial operation of
eligible products and services are eligible only if they are
part of a contract or bid for those eligible products and
services. Project management costs that involve initial
planning are not eligible.
TRAINING—On-site training is eligible only if it is basic
instruction on the use of eligible equipment, coincident
with and directly associated with the installation of such
equipment, and a part of the contract or agreement for
the equipment. End user training, such as training of
teachers and staff in the use of covered services in their
programs of instruction or for professional development,
is not eligible for discount.
CONSULTING SERVICES—Services that provide general
consulting not directly tied to basic installation and
configuration of eligible services are not eligible. Such
ineligible services, include, but are not limited to, initial
planning, network architecture design, development of
technology plans, application assistance, and program
advice.
PERSONNEL COSTS—Labor costs for school and library
personnel are not eligible for discount. Costs for
contractor personnel to operate components are not
eligible.
Telephone Service
and Technology
Plans
If submitting a Form 471 application ONLY for single line
voice services (Local, Cellular/PCS, and/or long distance
telephone service), applicants are not required to
develop a Technology Plan. Applicants applying for other
products or services, including PBX, key system,
Centrex system, or similar technology are required to
develop a Technology Plan.
Video Components
Video components necessary to transport information all
the way to individual classrooms or public areas of a
library are eligible. Examples of such components can
include an Enhanced Multimedia Interface, Master
Control Unit, MPEG video encoder, Multipoint Control
Unit, video amplifier, and video channel modulator.
End user video equipment is not eligible for discount.
Examples include media retrieval equipment, video
monitors, televisions, video cameras, and video
recorders and playback devices.
Equipment that is used to control the programming,
distribution, and selection of video content can be
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eligible if used in the transport of information to
individual classrooms or public areas of a library,
however such components are not eligible if used in end
user equipment and/or are operated by end users.
Components used for the display or distribution of
broadcast and cable television signals are not eligible.
WAN Versus LAN
Components
For data and other networks, the distinction between
Wide Area Network (WAN) functionality and Local Area
Network (LAN) functionality can be essential for
selecting the proper Category of Service for funding
requests—Telecommunications Services, Internet
Access, or Internal Connections. FCC rules establish a
rebuttable presumption that a connection does not
constitute an Internal Connection if it crosses a public
right of way. That is, the Local Area Network is
considered to be the part of the network on school or
library property, and hence is considered under the
eligibility requirements for Internal Connections. The
Wide Area Network constitutes the connection that runs
from a demarcation point at the school or library
property to a point outside of the school or library
property (i.e., across a public right of way) and is not
funded as Internal Connections.
In order to determine what may be properly funded as
Internal Connections, a demarcation point between the
Wide Area Network and the Local Area Network must be
established. This approach is described more fully in the
SLD web document On-premise Priority 1 Equipment.
Wireless
Components
The specific technology employed is not a factor when
determining the eligibility of a product or service. For
example wireless phone service must meet the same
eligibility requirements as landline phone service. For
wireless network technology, the radio frequency
components such as transmitter and antenna (or
satellite dish) are considered to achieve the same
functionality as cabling.
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