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PLAN
Step 1:
Making a Plan
Question 1: What do you need?

The first question to ask yourself is what you need.

  1. Determine what eligible services   you need for Category One Services
    • Data Transmission Services and Internet Access
    • Voice Services

    LEARN MORE Learn more about Category One Services
  2. Determine what eligible services   you need for Category Two Services
    • Internal Connections
    • Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
    • Managed Internal Broadband Services

    LEARN MORE Learn more about Category Two Services
Question 2: What can you afford?

Next, determine what you can afford.

  1. Get estimates from service providers on the cost of what you think you would need. You are not selecting a provider at this point; you are simply assessing the potential costs.
  2. Evaluate your school budget to see if you can afford what you need. You should always consider the entire cost (pre E-Rate discount) in your school budget. If you can't afford the full cost, revisit your needs.
  3. Determine your E-Rate discount rate.
    LEARN MORE Learn more about calculating your discount rate
  4. If you are applying for Category Two products and services, calculate your per-school or per-library E-Rate five year budget.
  5. LEARN MORE Learn more about calculating your budget
Question 3: What can you do?

Although a technology plan is not required for E-Rate as of Funding Year 2015, your planned E-Rate supported services and products should align with your required Maine state technology plan. Develop a plan that supports what you want and need to do, and what you can afford to do.