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Why Surazal Systems?

why-surazal-systems-bannerSurazal Systems, Inc. is a NC based IT firm established since 1997. Surazal has been providing IT support for North Carolina businesses for 10 years. We are a leading provider of specialized network services including; continuous network and security checks, problem remediation, network planning, and project implementation.

We provide full service advanced networking solutions for growing enterprises. Surazal Systems offers SolidNet Network Management, Network Design, Integration Services, Self Service Portal, and Virtual Employee on Location Support.

Conscientious, Reliable Customer Service – Excellent service produces lifetime customers.
Cost effective Network Management Solutions
Certified Network Engineers.

Our People

Surazal Systems Inc. is led by a team of dedicated individuals with advanced degrees in engineering and business management. The management team has held key roles in leading companies such as Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Locheed Martin, with many years of experience in IT management, Systems Engineering and Network Management.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower our customers with the knowledge and support necessary to maintain highly reliable, efficient information networks while demonstrating excellence in quality and character.

E-Rate Changes for Category Two

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E-Rate Product Eligibility Changes for 2015

The E-Rate Modernization Order, the Commission has made the following changes to the eligible services framework of the E-Rate program for 2015-2016.

Category Two

Eligible Managed Internal Broadband Services

  • Services provided by a third party for the operation, management, and monitoring of eligible broadband internal connections components are eligible managed internal broadband services (e.g., managed Wi-Fi).
  • E-rate support is limited to eligible expenses or portions of expenses that directly support and are necessary for the broadband connectivity within schools and libraries. Eligible expenses include the management and operation of the LAN/WLAN, including installation, activation and initial configuration of eligible components, and on- site training on the use of eligible equipment.
  • In some managed services models, the third party manager owns and installs the equipment and school and library applicants lease the equipment as part of the managed services contract. In other cases, the school or library may own the equipment, but have a third party manage it for them.

Basic Maintenance of Eligible Broadband Internal Connections Components

E-Rate support is available for basic maintenance and technical support appropriate to maintain reliable operation when provided for an eligible broadband internal connections component.

The following basic maintenance services are eligible:

  • Repair and upkeep of eligible hardware
  • Wire and cable maintenance
  • Configuration changes
  • Basic technical support including online and telephone based technical support
  • Software upgrades and patches including bug fixes and security patches

Eligibility limitations for Category Two components and services:

Managed internal broadband services – The equipment eligible for support as part of a managed internal broadband service may include only equipment listed as a broadband internal connections component above. Upfront charges that are part of a managed service contract are eligible for E-rate support except to the extent that the upfront charges are for any ineligible internal connections components (e.g., servers other than those that are necessary to provide caching) which, if included in the contract, must be cost allocated out of any funding request.

Basic Maintenance – Basic maintenance is eligible for support only if it is a component of a maintenance agreement or contract for eligible broadband internal connections components. The agreement or contract must specifically identify the eligible components covered, including product name, model number, and location. Support for basic maintenance will be paid for the actual work performed under the agreement or contract. Basic maintenance does not include:

  • Services that maintain ineligible equipment
  • Upfront estimates that cover the full cost of every piece of eligible equipment
  • Services that enhance the utility of equipment beyond the transport of information, or diagnostic services in excess of those necessary to maintain the equipment’s ability to transport information
  • Network management services, including 24-hour network monitoring On-site technical support (i.e., contractor duty station at the applicant site) unless applicants present sufficient evidence of cost-effectiveness
  • Unbundled warranties

The E-rate program provides funding for voice, video and data networking equipment.  It also provides funding for telecommunications services and maintenance which supports communications and Internet access in the classroom. E-rate funding supports equipment and services provided by most major communications manufacturers and service providers.

For more information click here:

http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/beforeyoubegin/eligible-services-list.aspx

Applying for E-rate Support, the Surazal Systems’ Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) is 143021108. When selecting Surazal as your provider, make sure to enter this number on Form 471.

E-Rate Changes for Category One

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E-Rate Product Eligibility Changes for 2015

The E-Rate Modernization Order, the Commission has made the following changes to the eligible services framework of the E-Rate program for 2015-2016.

Category One

Eligible Voice Services

Eligible voice services are subject to an annual 20 percentage point phase down of E-rate support beginning in funding year 2015, as described in the E-rate Modernization Order. The reduced discount rate for voice services will apply to all applicants and all costs for the provision of telephone services and circuit capacity dedicated to providing voice services including:

  • Centrex
  • Interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)
  • Local, long distance, and 800 service, e.g., a toll-free telephone number for students to contact school regarding questions about homework
  • Plain old telephone service (POTS)
  • Radio loop
  • Satellite telephone service
  • Shared telephone service (only the portion of the shared services relating to the eligible use and location may receive discounts)
  • Wireless telephone service including cellular voice and excluding data and text messaging

Eligibility limitations for certain Category One services:

Fiber – E-Rate support is available for leased lit and dark fiber as described in the Schools and Libraries Sixth Report and Order (FCC 10-175) and the subsequent “Frequently Asked Questions” (DA 10-2356).

  • Leased Lit Fiber – Monthly charges, special construction, and maintenance charges are eligible. When lit fiber is leased as a Category One service, modulating electronics can be included as a part of that eligible service.
  • Leased Dark Fiber – Within the eligible entity’s property line, maintenance and special construction costs to connect the fiber to the eligible entity’s facilities are eligible. Beyond the eligible entity’s property line, special construction charges are not eligible, but monthly charges and maintenance provided as a component of leased dark fiber to maintain reliable operation are eligible. Re-routing of fiber is considered construction, not maintenance. If other customers are served by the leased dark fiber, only the pro-rate costs of maintenance incurred by the eligible entity will be eligible for E-Rate support. The purchase and ownership of modulating electronics associated with lighting dark fiber and modulating electronics on applicant-leased dark fiber leaving the eligible entity’s premises are not eligible.

Internet access – Eligible Internet access may include features such as basic firewall protection, domain name service, and dynamic host configuration when these features are provided as a standard component of a vendor’s Internet access service. Firewall protection may not be provided by a vendor other than the Internet access provider and may not be priced out separately. Examples of items that are ineligible components of Internet access include applications, content, e-mail, and equipment such as computers, laptops, tablets, and all other end-user devices.

IRUs – An Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRU) purchase arrangement will be considered a lease of dark fiber for E-Rate program purposes. If the IRU contains significant upfront charges, the charges may need to be amortized.

Wireless services and wireless Internet access services – Managed internal broadband services, such as managed Wi-Fi, are eligible only for Category Two support.

The E-Rate program provides funding for voice, video and data networking equipment.  It also provides funding for telecommunications services and maintenance which supports communications and Internet access in the classroom. E-Rate funding supports equipment and services provided by most major communications manufacturers and service providers.

For more information click here:

http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/beforeyoubegin/eligible-services-list.aspx

Applying for E-Rate Support, the Surazal Systems’ Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) is 143021108. When selecting Surazal as your provider, make sure to enter this number on Form 471.