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What is E-Rate?

The E-Rate or Education Rate program began in 1997 as part of the Telecommunications Act and was established to focus on advanced telecommunications services provided to schools and libraries. Discounts are provided to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Funding requests are provided in the following categories:

1. Priority One Services: telecommunications services and Internet access
2. Priority Two Services: networking and network maintenance services

The discounts range from 20% to 90% of the costs of eligible services, depending on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served.  Here is a list of eligible services.

BridgeWave’s solution and how it fits into the E-Rate program:

E-Rate supports connectivity – the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. Service providers selling BridgeWave products must have their own SPIN number.  This number and the contact information form are used to collect information, remittance, and payment information for service providers that receive support from the federal Universal Service Fund programs. BridgeWave products can be classified, for E-Rate purposes, in the following ways:
  •  When included as part of an "end-to-end" telecommunications or Internet solution, as customer premise equipment that is owned by a network operator or service provider, they can qualify as Priority 1. 
  • When purchased by a school, school district, or library as internal connections (or in the context of basic maintenance of such connections), they can qualify as Priority 2. 

Compliance with all program rules is essential in order for any vendor's products to qualify for this program.

BridgeWave Implementation at Schools:

Several schools and school districts have counted on BridgeWave’s technology and products for campus connectivity, Wi-Fi and security camera backhaul, and connectivity to service provider fiber. While not all of them are through the E-Rate program, schools have benefitted using BridgeWave’s wireless radios.

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