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§ 54.500 Terms and definitions.
Basic maintenance. A service is eligible for support as a “basic
maintenance” service if, but for the maintenance at issue, the internal
connection would not function and serve its intended purpose with the
degree of reliability ordinarily provided in the marketplace to
entities receiving such services. Basic maintenance services do not
include services that maintain equipment that is not supported by
E-rate or that enhance the utility of equipment beyond the transport of
information, or diagnostic services in excess of those necessary to
maintain the equipment's ability to transport information.
Billed entity. A “billed entity” is the entity that remits payment to
service providers for services rendered to eligible schools and
Consortium. A “consortium” is any local, statewide, regional, or
interstate cooperative association of schools and/or libraries eligible
for E-rate support that seeks competitive bids for eligible services or
funding for eligible services on behalf of some or all of its members.
A consortium may also include health care providers eligible under
subpart G of this part, and public sector (governmental) entities,
including, but not limited to, state colleges and state universities,
state educational broadcasters, counties, and municipalities, although
such entities are not eligible for support. Eligible schools and
libraries may not join consortia with ineligible private sector members
unless the pre-discount prices of any services that such consortium
receives are generally tariffed rates.
Educational purposes. For purposes of this subpart, activities that are
integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students, or in
the case of libraries, integral, immediate and proximate to the
provision of library services to library patrons, qualify as
“educational purposes.” Activities that occur on library or school
property are presumed to be integral, immediate, and proximate to the
education of students or the provision of library services to library
Elementary school. An “elementary school” means an elementary school as
defined in 20 U.S.C. 7801(18), a non-profit institutional day or
residential school, including a public elementary charter school, that
provides elementary education, as determined under state law.
Internal connections. A service is eligible for support as a component
of an institution's “internal connections” if such service is necessary
to transport or distribute broadband within one or more instructional
buildings of a single school campus or within one or more
non-administrative buildings that comprise a single library branch.
Library. A “library” includes:
(1) A public library;
(2) A public elementary school or secondary school library;
(3) An academic library;
(4) A research library, which for the purpose of this section means a
(i) Makes publicly available library services and materials suitable
for scholarly research and not otherwise available to the public; and
(ii) Is not an integral part of an institution of higher education; and
(5) A private library, but only if the state in which such private
library is located determines that the library should be considered a
library for the purposes of this definition.
Library consortium. A “library consortium” is any local, statewide,
regional, or interstate cooperative association of libraries that
provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources
of schools, public, academic, and special libraries and information
centers, for improving services to the clientele of such libraries. For
the purposes of these rules, references to library will also refer to
Lowest corresponding price. “Lowest corresponding price” is the lowest
price that a service provider charges to non-residential customers who
are similarly situated to a particular school, library, or library
consortium for similar services.
Managed internal broadband services. A service is eligible for support
as “managed internal broadband services” if provided by a third party
for the operation, management, and monitoring of the eligible
components of a school or library local area network (LAN) and/or
Master contract. A “master contract” is a contract negotiated with a
service provider by a third party, the terms and conditions of which
are then made available to an eligible school, library, rural health
care provider, or consortium that purchases directly from the service
Minor contract modification. A “minor contract modification” is a
change to a universal service contract that is within the scope of the
original contract and has no effect or merely a negligible effect on
price, quantity, quality, or delivery under the original contract.
National school lunch program. The “national school lunch program” is a
program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state
agencies that provides free or reduced price lunches to economically
disadvantaged children. A child whose family income is between 130
percent and 185 percent of applicable family size income levels
contained in the nonfarm poverty guidelines prescribed by the Office of
Management and Budget is eligible for a reduced price lunch. A child
whose family income is 130 percent or less of applicable family size
income levels contained in the nonfarm income poverty guidelines
prescribed by the Office of Management and Budget is eligible for a
Pre-discount price. The “pre-discount price” means, in this subpart,
the price the service provider agrees to accept as total payment for
its telecommunications or information services. This amount is the sum
of the amount the service provider expects to receive from the eligible
school or library and the amount it expects to receive as reimbursement
from the universal service support mechanisms for the discounts
provided under this subpart.
Secondary school. A “secondary school” means a secondary school as
defined in 20 U.S.C. 7801(38), a non-profit institutional day or
residential school, including a public secondary charter school, that
provides secondary education, as determined under state law except that
the term does not include any education beyond grade 12.
State telecommunications network. A “state telecommunications network”
is a state government entity that procures, among other things,
telecommunications offerings from multiple service providers and
bundles such offerings into packages available to schools, libraries,
or rural health care providers that are eligible for universal service
support, or a state government entity that provides, using its own
facilities, such telecommunications offerings to such schools,
libraries, and rural health care providers.
Voice services. “Voice services” include local phone service, long
distance service, plain old telephone service (POTS), radio loop, 800
service, satellite telephone, shared telephone service, Centrex,
wireless telephone service such as cellular, interconnected voice over
Internet protocol (VoIP), and the circuit capacity dedicated to
providing voice services.
Wide area network. For purposes of this subpart, a “wide area network”
is a voice or data network that provides connections from one or more
computers within an eligible school or library to one or more computers
or networks that are external to such eligible school or library.
Excluded from this definition is a voice or data network that provides
connections between or among instructional buildings of a single school
campus or between or among non-administrative buildings of a single
[ 63 FR 2128 , Jan. 13, 1998, as amended at 68 FR 36942 , June 20, 2003;
76 FR 56302 , Sept. 13, 2011; 79 FR 49197 , Aug. 19, 2014; 79 FR 68634 ,
Nov. 18, 2014]
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