Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

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Step 5 Starting Services

Updated May 2018

Advance Installation

Category One Non-Recurring Services

Program rules permit applicants to request Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program discounts for non-recurring charges incurred up to six months prior to the July 1 start of the funding year (i.e., on or after January 1), provided that:

  1. Construction begins after selection of a service provider pursuant to a valid competitive bidding process;
  2. A Category One recurring service depends on the installation of the infrastructure;
  3. The service start date is on or after the start of the funding year; and
  4. No invoices (FCC Form 472 or FCC Form 474) can be dated prior to July 1 of the funding year.

For rules regarding special construction charges refer to the Fiber - Summary Overview.

Category Two Non-Recurring Services

Installation of Category Two non-recurring services may begin on the April 1 prior to the July 1 start of the funding year. No invoices (FCC Form 472 or FCC Form 474) can be certified prior to July 1 of the funding year.