Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order that permitted new applications for bandwidth upgrades.

The opportunity for new applications opened on Sept. 16 and will close on Oct. 16.  You must have a signed contract for the upgraded service before you can file your Form 471.  Depending on when the upgraded service was implemented, you may be able to request discounts on upgraded services dating back to July 1, 2020.

Please note that the FCC order, DA 20-1091, does not in any way pertain to Category Two.

If you have any additional questions as to how this order may impact your district, please email the NJSBA’s partners for E-rate services, Vince LaForgia or Geoff Sweeney, at E-Rate Consulting, Inc.