Did you know that E-rate discounts apply to more than just internet connections and data?


Category 2 is a separate type of E-rate that has a 5-year budget cycle, and that cycle runs through June 30, 2026. However, you want to start planning now if you have not yet used your Category 2 discount budget. The application window for Category 2 projects for July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026 will open this summer!


What can you get with a Category 2 E-rate application?  


Up to 85% off of these network necessities:

  • Internal Connections
  • Managed Internal Broadband Services
  • Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections



What does that really mean?


Category 2 funding can be used to fund the purchase, installation and maintenance of network switches, routers, wireless access points and controllers, structured network cabling, and battery backups. You may be able to save a lot of money on your IT budget next year!


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