If you’re involved with information technology in a K-12 institution or library, you’re probably familiar with the E-Rate program and supported services. But did you know that you may be eligible to purchase network equipment under Category One?
As a quick refresher, Category One includes the products and services needed to support broadband connectivity to schools and libraries, including data transmission and internet access. Maintenance and technical support are eligible when provided as a component of these services.
The second category of equipment and services eligible for E-Rate support, Category Two, includes the internal connections needed for Internet connectivity within schools and libraries, such as switches and access points, for example.
If a district has leased dark fiber, or self-provisioned fiber, then the network equipment necessary to light that fiber (such as our top-of-rack fabric switches) could be eligible to be purchased under Category One. (Note: If the district has leased lit fiber, they would not qualify in this category).
More specifically, Category One eligible services include:
Note: Dedicated voice channels on an ISDN circuit are no longer eligible.
There are three major benefits to purchasing network equipment under Category One.
Obtaining Extreme Networks technology under Category One: Choosing Extreme Fabric Connect
If you have questions about purchasing network equipment under Category One, Extreme Networks can help your district navigate the E-Rate process. We offer multiple robust network technology solutions specially designed for K-12 districts and campuses and a full team dedicated exclusively to helping our customers with E-rate questions, considerations, and procedures.
Extreme Fabric Connect is a disruptive technology that provides maximum network security and flexibility while dramatically reducing complexity. For many years, IT professionals have been designing networks using the same method: by adding protocols on top of protocols. Unfortunately, in the modern networking age, this is a band-aid approach that can’t keep pace with today’s needs in K-12. The good news is that Extreme Networks eliminates the limitations of legacy networks simply and elegantly by providing the following unique advantages for K-12 Category One projects:
Finally, every network engineer has been bitten by a spanning tree issue at some point in their career. Extreme Fabric Connect technology uses a technology that makes it impossible to create loops within the Fabric Connect domain so there’s no need to fear extending layer 2 networks where they are needed.
As you can see, there are many advantages to Extreme Fabric Connect in education. This technology complements the existing Extreme Network advantages to simplify, secure, and automate the underlying network campus-wide.