E-Rate provides discounts to help schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet service. Funding is divided into three categories; telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections. Leased Wide Area Networks (WANs) are considered Priority-One telecommunications services under Universal Service guidelines and are funded every year.

How much funding can we receive?

E-Rate provides discounts of 20 to 90 percent based on the percent of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the schools classification as rural or urban. The discount for private schools can be calculated by using scholarship statistics. Find out more about E-Rate funding by visiting the Universal Service Administration Corporation (USAC) website @ www.usac.org/sl/.

How can FidelityLink help with E-Rate funding?

Finding a service provider with E-Rate experience is crucial due to E-Rate funding rules and the unique environment in which education technology operates. The Fidelity family of companies has been providing Telecommunication, Video, WAN services and E-Rate expertise to districts since 1999.

What are my next steps?

If you represent a school district and have been considering leasing a fiber optic WAN, FidelityLink can help. FidelityLink can give your district a no-cost, no-obligation, quote for a turn-key WAN solution. FidelityLink can also work with you to recommend an E-Rate compliant pricing structure that may reduce your district's technology expense.

With a FidelityLink WAN, you'll know the job was done right with plenty of upside potential for your district's future bandwidth needs. Our networks are designed and built with E-Rate and your budget in mind. USAC provides a WAN fact sheet which can be found by clicking here: For a list of E-Rate eligible services, please click here: http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/ESL_archive/EligibleServicesList-2013.pdf.

For details on how FidelityLink can future-proof your district's bandwidth needs with a cost-effective Private Fiber Network, give Melody Glick a call at 573-426-2000 or fill out the information request on our quote request page.

Our Process

  • 1

    Design from Start to Finish

    FidelityLink designs cost competitive, secure, underground private fiber networks which qualify for E-rate funds.

  • 2

    Keeping Students Connected

    FidelityLink works directly with the school district to design a new custom private fiber network to connect all the school buildings in either a ringed or point to point WAN. We provide both lit and dark fiber solutions depending on the schools' requirements.

  • 3

    Monitored Solutions

    FidelityLink provides all maintenance of the private fiber network and monitors the WAN fiber links 24x7x365.

Why choose FidelityLink?

When you build your own private fiber network with FidelityLink you will have a 100% secure, private network that only carries YOUR data. As your bandwidth requirements increase, you have complete control to increase to faster speeds at any time by simply installing faster optics. Your WAN fiber costs are fixed for the term of the contract - regardless of how much fiber bandwidth you use. All of the FidelityLink fiber solutions qualify for Priority One E-rate funds.

  • Private Fiber Networks (PFN) means EXCLUSIVE use of the fiber strands for you alone.
  • Complete security with no shared users on your network.
  • In most cases we install 100% of our networks underground.
  • No chance of oversubscription on your dedicated and exclusive private fiber network.
  • Our networks we design and install for school districts are Priority One E-rate eligible.
  • It's YOUR network: YOU'RE in charge. Upgrade/add equipment for more bandwidth on your timeframe.
  • Long-term contracts lock in today's competitive pricing and do not restrict bandwidth increases.
  • The FidelityLink solution is completely turnkey from engineering to construction to fiber splicing to testing to termination - The very best single-provider contact for total quality and value.

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customers say

  • We chose FidelityLink, in part, for their ability to design and build a mission critical network that is cost-effective, reliable and fast.

    Pattonville School District