Funding is requested under four categories of service:
basic maintenance of internal connections
Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served and range from 20% to 90% of the costs of eligible services. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium.
Schools, school districts, and libraries that want to apply for Schools and Libraries support must first prepare a technology plan.
**Beginning Fiscal Year 2011 a technology plan is only required for Priority 2 services (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections).
An approved technology plan should detail how information technology and telecommunications infrastructure will be used to achieve educational goals, specific curriculum reforms, or library service improvements.
The technology plan must be approved by a USA certified technology plan approver before discounted services can begin. The state is the certified technology plan approver for libraries and public schools. Non-public schools and other entities that do not secure approval of their technology plan from their states have to locate a USAC-certified technology plan approver.
Support is paid only for services that have actually been delivered, applicants must verify the start date of services.
Reviews and Audits are conducted at various times to ensure compliance with FCC rules and program requirements and to assist in the prevention and detection of waste, fraud, and abuse. There are procedures to follow when audited.