Add a Category One FRN Line Item: Bandwidth Speed and Connection Info

Post 38 - Add a category one FRM line item bandwidthAfter entering the line item’s function and type of connection, the next screen asks for information about the bandwidth speed and information about the connection.

As we mentioned in the last post, most applicants need help filling out the FRN line items. If you are not sure how to answer these questions, we recommend contacting your service provider for assistance filling out this detailed, technical section of the form.

Bandwidth speed

For some types of connections, the download and upload speeds will populate automatically. But if the fields are blank, fill them in with the download/upload speeds and units (Mbps or Gbps).

For the question, “Burstable Bandwidth?” select “Yes” or “No.” Burstable bandwidth allows usage to exceed a specific threshold for brief periods, without requiring you to purchase service at a higher rate. Some schools use this service if they occasionally need higher bandwidth, for example, during standardized testing. Libraries are less likely to use this service.

You can find out whether the service includes burstable bandwidth by checking your service agreement, or asking the service provider. If you select “Yes,” enter the maximum burstable speed, and its unit (Mbps or Gbps).

Then, press “Continue.”

Connection information

This section asks for information about the data connection. Here are some guidelines about how to answer the questions that appear:

Is this a direct connection to a single school, library, or a non-instructional facility (NIF) for Internet access?
Select “Yes” if the service is a direct – i.e., a last-mile – connection.

A direct/last-mile connection is the connection to an individual school or library building. Last-mile (direct) connections should not include the Internet circuit to a district hub.



If you answer “Yes,” then later on, the system will prompt you to allocate the number of connections to the recipients of service based on the number you enter as the “monthly quantity.” If you answer “No,” you do not provide allocations for the recipients of service.

Is this a connection between eligible schools, libraries, and NIFs (i.e., a connection that provides a “Wide area network”)?
Choose “Yes” if it’s a wide area network (WAN) and “No” if it is not.

Does this include firewall services?
Choose “Yes” if this service includes basic firewall protection or “No” if it does not.

“Basic” firewall protection means the firewall service is provided as a standard component of the Internet access, and provided by the same service provider. Funding for “basic” firewall protection can be included here in your Category One funding request (FRN) line item.

If the firewall protection is provided by a different vendor, or is provided at a separate charge, then it’s considered a Category Two internal connections component, and cannot be included on a Category One FRN line item (we’ll cover Category Two FRN line items in a later post).

Connection used by
Select how many buildings/sites will use the connections listed in this FRN line item from the drop-down menu: all, one, or multiple buildings/sites. You will identify the locations later, in the “Manage Recipients of Service” section of the FRN line item.

Once the connection information is complete, press “Save & Continue.”

Next, we’ll cover how to enter your monthly and one-time cost calculation, and how to select the recipients of service for the FRN line item.

One Comment

  1. Catherine Steinhoff

    It had been my understanding from previous USAC information that applicants should answer YES to **either** “Direct connection to an individual school, library, or NIF” OR “Connection between schools, libraries, or NIFs.” This post contradicts that and suggests that the proper response to the two questions for an Internet Access connection to the district hub – even if the hub is located at an individual NIF or school so that the IA connection is truly that site’s “last mile connection” – would be NO **and** NO. Can you please clarify this apparent contradiction?

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