Applicants requesting a Priority One service which includes a “bundled piece of equipment” such as a router will need to answer the questions below. Well, here are the answers:
Question from Reviewer:
Please provide a YES/NO response to the following questions, and include your signature and title; or if responding via email, include your name and title.
Is the leased on-premise equipment an integral component of a Telecommunications or Internet Access service?
Will the leased on-premise equipment be provided by the same service provider that provides the associated Telecommunications Service or Internet Access service?
Does responsibility for maintaining the equipment rest with the service provider?
Will ownership of the equipment transfer to the school or library in the future?
Does the relevant contract or lease include an option for the applicant to purchase the equipment?
5a. If Yes, do you intend to exercise this option?
No (Recommendation: Do not include the option)
Will the leased equipment be used at the applicant site for any purpose other than receipt of the eligible Telecommunications Services or Internet Access of which it is a part?
Will the school’s or library’s internal communication systems (e.g., LAN, video, phone, or other communication system) continue to work if the component is disconnected?
Are there any contractual, technical, or other limitations that would prevent the service provider from using its network equipment, in part, for other customers?
Question #8 is a trick question. The reason for answeringno
is because the vendor owns the equipment therefore, under the program rules the applicant cannot have exclusive use of the equipment. This set of questions is based on the FCC Tennessee Decision.