The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began allowing E-rate applicants to apply for discounts for dark fiber and self-provisioned fiber. These “smart fiber” options are seen as a way to give institutions more tools for meeting connectivity demands.

Take our quick poll on dark fiber here.

Key points:

  • Dark fiber refers to physical fiber that the school owns, leases, or IRUs (indefeasible rights of use, or permanent contractual agreements). The school then “lights” the fiber. Bandwidth amounts are controlled by the school, and determined by the capacity of the optical network equipment.



  • A toolkit offers an overview of the E-rate program,...

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Bridget McCrea is a contributing writer for eSchool News.