FCC 54.502 Revised as of October 1, 2014
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§ 54.502 Eligible services.
(a) Supported services. All supported services are listed in the
Eligible Services List as updated annually in accordance with paragraph
(b) of this section. The services in this subpart will be supported in
addition to all reasonable charges that are incurred by taking such
services, such as state and federal taxes. Charges for termination
liability, penalty surcharges, and other charges not included in the
cost of taking such service shall not be covered by the universal
service support mechanisms. The supported services fall within the
following general categories:
(1) Category one. Telecommunications services, telecommunications, and
Internet access, as defined in § 54.5 and described in the Eligible
Services List are category one supported services.
(2) Category two. Internal connections, basic maintenance and managed
internal broadband services as defined in § 54.500 and described in the
Eligible Services List are category two supported services.
(b) Funding years 2015 and 2016. Libraries, schools, or school
districts with schools that receive funding for category two services
in funding years 2015 and/or 2016 shall be eligible for support
pursuant to paragraphs (b)(1) through (6) of this section.
(1) Five-year budget. Each eligible school or library shall be eligible
for a budgeted amount of support for category two services over a
five-year funding cycle. Excluding support for internal connections
received prior to funding year 2015, each school or library shall be
eligible for the total available budget less any support received for
category two services in the prior four funding years.
(2) School budget. Each eligible school shall be eligible for support
for category two services up to a pre-discount price of $150 per
student over a five-year funding cycle. Applicants shall provide the
student count per school, calculated at the time that the discount is
calculated each funding year. New schools may estimate the number of
students, but shall repay any support provided in excess of the maximum
budget based on student enrollment the following funding year.
(3) Library budget. Each eligible library shall be eligible for support
for category two services, up to a pre-discount price of $2.30 per
square foot over a five-year funding cycle. Libraries shall provide the
total area for all floors, in square feet, of each library outlet
separately, including all areas enclosed by the outer walls of the
library outlet and occupied by the library, including those areas
off-limits to the public.
(4) Funding floor. Each eligible school and library will be eligible
for support for category two services up to at least a pre-discount
price of $9,200 over five funding years.
(5) Requests. Applicants shall request support for category two
services for each school or library based on the number of students per
school building or square footage per library building. Category two
funding for a school or library may not be used for another school or
library. If an applicant requests less than the maximum budget
available for a school or library, the applicant may request the
remaining balance in a school's or library's category two budget in
subsequent funding years of a five year cycle. The costs for category
two services shared by multiple eligible entities shall be divided
reasonably between each of the entities for which support is sought in
that funding year.
(6) Non-instructional buildings. Support is not available for category
two services provided to or within non-instructional school buildings
or separate library administrative buildings unless those category two
services are essential for the effective transport of information to or
within one or more instructional buildings of a school or
non-administrative library buildings, or the Commission has found that
the use of those services meets the definition of educational purpose,
as defined in § 54.500. When applying for category two support for
eligible services to a non-instructional school building or library
administrative building, the applicant shall allocate the cost of
providing services to one or more of the eligible school or library
buildings that benefit from those services being provided.
(c) Funding year 2017 and beyond. Absent further action from the
Commission, each eligible library or school in a school district, which
did not receive funding for category two services in funding years 2015
and/or 2016, shall be eligible for support for category two services,
except basic maintenance services, no more than twice every five
funding years. For the purpose of determining eligibility, the
five-year period begins in any funding year in which the school or
library receives discounted category two services other than basic
maintenance services. If a school or library receives category two
services other than basic maintenance services that are shared with
other schools or libraries (for example, as part of a consortium), the
shared services will be attributed to the school or library in
determining whether it is eligible for support. Support is not
available for category two services provided to or within
non-instructional school buildings or separate library administrative
buildings unless those category two services are essential for the
effective transport of information to or within one or more
instructional buildings of a school or non-administrative library
buildings, or the Commission has found that the use of those services
meets the definition of educational purpose, as defined in § 54.500.
(d) Eligible services list process. The Administrator shall submit by
March 30 of each year a draft list of services eligible for support,
based on the Commission's rules for the following funding year. The
Wireline Competition Bureau will issue a Public Notice seeking comment
on the Administrator's proposed eligible services list. The final list
of services eligible for support will be released at least 60 days
prior to the opening of the application filing window for the following
Effective Date Notes: 1. At 79 FR 49198 , Aug. 19, 2014, § 54.502 was
revised. Paragraphs (b)(2), (b)(3) and (5) contain information
collection and recordkeeping requirements and will not become effective
until approval has been given by the Office of Management and Budget.
2. At 79 FR 49198 , Aug. 19, 2014, § 54.502 was revised, however
paragraph (a) effective July 1, 2015.
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