FCC 54.500 Revised as of December 4, 2012
Goto Year:2011 |
§ 54.500 Terms and definitions.
(a) Billed entity. A “billed entity” is the entity that remits payment
to service providers for services rendered to eligible schools and
(b) Educational purposes. For purposes of this subpart, activities that
are integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students, or
in the case of libraries, integral, immediate and proximate to the
provision of library services to library patrons, qualify as
“educational purposes.” Activities that occur on library or school
property are presumed to be integral, immediate, and proximate to the
education of students or the provision of library services to library
(c) Elementary school. An “elementary school” means an elementary
school as defined in 20 U.S.C. 7801(18), a non-profit institutional day
or residential school, including a public elementary charter school,
that provides elementary education, as determined under state law.
(d) Library. A “library” includes:
(1) A public library;
(2) A public elementary school or secondary school library;
(3) An academic library;
(4) A research library, which for the purpose of this section means a
(i) Makes publicly available library services and materials suitable
for scholarly research and not otherwise available to the public; and
(ii) Is not an integral part of an institution of higher education; and
(5) A private library, but only if the state in which such private
library is located determines that the library should be considered a
library for the purposes of this definition.
(e) Library consortium. A “library consortium” is any local, statewide,
regional, or interstate cooperative association of libraries that
provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources
of schools, public, academic, and special libraries and information
centers, for improving services to the clientele of such libraries. For
the purposes of these rules, references to library will also refer to
(f) Lowest corresponding price. “Lowest corresponding price” is the
lowest price that a service provider charges to non-residential
customers who are similarly situated to a particular school, library,
or library consortium for similar services.
(g) Master contract. A “master contract” is a contract negotiated with
a service provider by a third party, the terms and conditions of which
are then made available to an eligible school, library, rural health
care provider, or consortium that purchases directly from the service
(h) Minor contract modification. A “minor contract modification” is a
change to a universal service contract that is within the scope of the
original contract and has no effect or merely a negligible effect on
price, quantity, quality, or delivery under the original contract.
(i) National school lunch program. The “national school lunch program”
is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
state agencies that provides free or reduced price lunches to
economically disadvantaged children. A child whose family income is
between 130 percent and 185 percent of applicable family size income
levels contained in the nonfarm poverty guidelines prescribed by the
Office of Management and Budget is eligible for a reduced price lunch.
A child whose family income is 130 percent or less of applicable family
size income levels contained in the nonfarm income poverty guidelines
prescribed by the Office of Management and Budget is eligible for a
(j) Pre-discount price. The “pre-discount price” means, in this
subpart, the price the service provider agrees to accept as total
payment for its telecommunications or information services. This amount
is the sum of the amount the service provider expects to receive from
the eligible school or library and the amount it expects to receive as
reimbursement from the universal service support mechanisms for the
discounts provided under this subpart.
(k) Secondary school. A “secondary school” means a secondary school as
defined in 20 U.S.C. 7801(38), a non-profit institutional day or
residential school, including a public secondary charter school, that
provides secondary education, as determined under state law except that
the term does not include any education beyond grade 12.
(l) State telecommunications network. A “state telecommunications
network” is a state government entity that procures, among other
things, telecommunications offerings from multiple service providers
and bundles such offerings into packages available to schools,
libraries, or rural health care providers that are eligible for
universal service support, or a state government entity that provides,
using its own facilities, such telecommunications offerings to such
schools, libraries, and rural health care providers.
(m) Wide area network. For purposes of this subpart, a “wide area
network” is a voice or data network that provides connections from one
or more computers within an eligible school or library to one or more
computers or networks that are external to such eligible school or
library. Excluded from this definition is a voice or data network that
provides connections between or among instructional buildings of a
single school campus or between or among non-administrative buildings
of a single library branch.
[ 63 FR 2128 , Jan. 13, 1998, as amended at 68 FR 36942 , June 20, 2003;
76 FR 56302 , Sept. 13, 2011]
return arrow Back to Top
CiteFind - See documents on FCC website that
cite this rule
Want to support this service?
Report errors in
this rule. Since these rules are converted to HTML by machine, it's possible errors have been made. Please
help us improve these rules by clicking the Report FCC Rule Errors link to report an error.