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ELIGIBLE PROJECTS 

State match funding may be requested for Category One services for special construction of broadband networks or facilities only. Special construction projects deploy new fiber or upgraded facilities to FCC E-rate Program eligible locations. Special construction charges are the upfront, non-recurring costs of such installations or upgrades. Special construction consists of three components; (1) construction of network facilities; (2) design and engineering; and (3) project management. Charges for network electronics needed to light the fiber, while eligible for Category One support by the FCC, are not considered part of special construction. 


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS 

Broadband for Montana Schools State matching funds for eligible services are available to any public school which serves Montana K-12 students, including elementary schools, high schools, K-12 school districts, and consortium of K-12 schools, as those entities are defined in Title 20, Chapter 6, MCA for special construction projects.

Non-public school districts are not eligible for the Broadband for Montana Schools program. 


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