Guest Author:

Dan Leister, E-rate Manager

Cisco U.S. Public Sector


On December 19, 2019, the FCC released an Order which provides applicants with the multipliers which should be used to calculate Category Two budgets for FY2020.  The multipliers include an adjustment for inflation as well as a 20% increase as specified by December 3’s C2 reform Report and Order.

What this means for your schools and libraries

Schools and libraries will get additional funding in FY 2020, the multipliers are as follows:

  • Schools: $195.63 per student
  • Libraries with IMLS Locale Codes 11, 12, 21: $6.52 per square foot
  • Libraries with all other IMLS Locale Codes: $3.00 per square foot
  • Entities at the Funding Floor: $11,998.43 per site.

Funding year 2020 window is now open

The window opened on January 15, 2020 and closes March 25, 2020, running for 70 days. E-rate program rules require that competitive bids be open for a minimum of 28 calendar days. Please note:

  • The last date that a competitive bid may be started in any given Funding Year is 28 days before the Form 471 window closes
  • For Funding Year 2020, this means that applicants will have until February 26, 2020 to file Forms 470 and still have the required 28 days for competitive bidding
  • The FY2020 Form 471 window timeline closely follows FY2019’s window, which ran 70 days from January 16, 2018 to March 27, 2018.

Actions you can take today

See the official FCC public notice.