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  • 1. E-Rate
    Kisha Guillory
    EDLD 5306
    Summer 2011
  • 2. E-Rate Information
    Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund
    Provides discounts for schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunication and Internet access
    Open to public schools, school districts, charter schools, private schools, and libraries
  • 3. E-Rate Information
    Eligibility for services depends on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of population served.
    Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium
    E-Rate Program discount is based on the percent of the local school district population eligible for the National School Lunch Program
  • 4. Use of Funds
    Discounts are provided in two priorities
    Priorities 1
    Telecommunications services
    Internet access
    i.e. 800 service, celluar service, conferencing, DSL, domain name registration, and email service
    Priority II
    Internal Connections
    Basic Maintenance
    i.e. automatic route selection, cabling, and connectors, and some client access licenses
  • 5. Submit FCC Form 470
    Description of Services Requested and Certification Form
    Opens a competitive process for the services desired
  • 6. FCC Form 471
    Services ordered and certification form
    The actual request for funding
    Funding for eligible services competitively bid
    Is used to calculate the discount percentage to which the applicant is entitled
  • 7. Sample Bid
  • 8. Funding Commitment Decision Letter
    Contains SLD decisions on funding requests
    If applicant disagrees with the decision then they have 60 days after the date of the decision letter to appeal
  • 9. FCC Form 486
    Receipt of Service Confirmation Form
    Tells SLD that delivery of services has begun
    Funding may be reduced if the Form 486 is received or postmarked after the deadline listed in document
  • 10. FCC Form 472
    Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement Form
    Used if applicants wish to request reimbursement for services for which they have already paid in full
  • 11. FCC Form 474
    Service Provider Invoice Form
    Tells SLD to pay the service provider
    Must receive an invoice in order to pay the discount
  • 12. Retention of Records and Audits
    Applicants must maintain their records for at five years after the last date of service delivered
    FCC randomly visits applicants to ensure services have been delivered in compliance with FCC rules
  • 13. What does your school need to do?
    Make sure Technology Plan contains:
    Clear goals and realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology
    A professional development strategy to ensure that staff know how to use these new technologies
    An assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services needed
    An evaluation process that enables that school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals
  • 14. Conclusion
    If interested in more information on E-Rate Program visit the following websites:
    http://universalservice.org/sl/tools/eligible-services-list.aspx
    http://edtechonline.org
    http://www.2ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/erate.html
  • 15. Questions?