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E-Rate

E-RATE Funding Year 2016

The E-Rate Program (i.e., Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program) allows schools and libraries to make purchases in the following five (5) service categories at discounted rates (20% to 90%): Telecommunications Services, Telecommunications, Internet Access, Internal Connections, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections.

In order to apply for E-Rate discounts, you must: 

  • Have an approved technology plan
  • File or select a Form 470
  • Identify an eligible contract date (28 days from the Form 470 posting)
  • File a Form 471

The Funding Year 2016 (7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017) Form 471 application filing window has been extended, and is scheduled to close at 11:59:59 PM EDT on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

VITA has pre-qualified some of its contracts with a Form 470 so you don't have to file your own, including the new VITAnet contracts (new “state master contracts” replacing the COVANET contract #VA-031104-MCI), recently-awarded Broadband Internet contracts, and several new contracts for E-rate “Category 2” services (a.k.a. “Internal Connections”) including wired and wireless networking equipment and cabling services. Where you use VITA's Form 470 number there is no need to wait 28 days to file your Form 471. However, applicants using VITA's Form 470 number (each shown below) should retain a copy of the contract in their documentation before filing a Form 471.

Below is a table of VITA's most popular contracts for E-rate "Category 1" services and the information needed for Block 5 on the Form 471, followed by information on VITA’s popular Broadband Internet and Category 2 services contracts:

VITA's Most Popular E-rate Category 1 Services Contracts
Contract Description VITAnet Telecommunications & Network Services
(Replacement Contracts for COVANET Contract with Verizon Business)
Verizon Local Exchange Services,
Including Verizon Virginia and Verizon South
Categories Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, Internal Connections Telecommunications Services, Internet Access
Contractor CenturyLink Communications
(FKA Qwest Communications)
Verizon Business Network Services
(on behalf of MCI Communications)
Verizon Virginia
SPIN 143001157 143001197 143001422
State Master Contract VA-151028-CTL VA-151028-MCI VA-040801-VERV
Form 470 Application Number 887320001134227 None available. Form 470 must be filed by Applicant.
Allowable Contract Date April 22, 2013 None available. Form 470 must be filed by Applicant first.
Award Date October 28, 2015 September 2, 2004
Start Date October 28, 2015 September 2, 2004
End date October 28, 2020 (Initial Term)
Five (5) additional one-year Terms are also available.
“Category 1” services are provided without minimum service terms.
June 30, 2017 (Per Contract’s "Services Phase-out Period" clause)
“Category 1” services are provided without minimum service terms.
Description VITAnet – voice, data, video, and Internet network services and related, managed equipment; long distance voice services Variety of voice and data services
State Master Contract VA-151028-CTL VA-151028-MCI VA-040801-VERV

VITA Broadband Internet Contracts

VITA filed Form 470 number 325570001348162 for the contracts listed below.

Each supplier agrees to provide service at contract rates to Virginia government entities, including all public bodies.

Contract Information page: http://vita2.virginia.gov/procurement/contractBrowse.cfm?qsCat=1000066

Click on "Search for broadband technologies in your zip code" below the question mark for a detailed search.

Contract Expiration Date: 6/30/17 (NOT including three additional one-year renewal terms and up to a 24 month transition period)

Here is a list of the suppliers and their SPINs (click on "Contract Information Page" link above for detailed contract information, including Supplier contacts):

All Points Broadband (Virginia Everywhere, LLC dba All Points Broadband)
Contract number: VA-151015-APB
SPIN #: 143040823

Amtech, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-AMTI
SPIN: n/a

BrightStar Communications, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-BCI
SPIN: n/a

Citizens Telephone Cooperative
Contract number: VA-151015-CTC
SPIN: 143001405

Comcast Business Communications, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-CCBC
SPIN: 143003990

Cox Virginia Telcom
Contract number: VA-151015-CXCM
SPIN#: 143000013

E&E Enterprises Global, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-E&EG
SPIN: 143029854

Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA)
Contract number: VA-151015-ESVB
SPIN #: 143033450

Gans Communication dba Metrocast Communications
Contract number: VA-151015-GANS
SPIN #: 143026042

GCR Telecommunications, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-GCR
SPIN: 143030799

Granite Telecommunications, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-GT
SPIN: 143025539

Hughes Network Systems
Contract number: VA-151015-HNS
SPIN: 143005653

Knight Sky, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-KNS
SPIN: 828144

Lightower Fiber Networks II, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-LTFN
SPIN: 143005274

Lumos Networks, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-LN
SPIN: 143003814

Rural Broadband Network Services LLC (RBNS) (dba Highspeedlink.net)
Contract number: VA-151015-RBNS
SPIN: n/a

Shentel Communications LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-SHEN
SPIN: 143033621

Windstream Services, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-WS
SPIN: 143030766

VITA Networking Equipment Contracts

VITA Filed Form 470 #160012730 for the networking equipment contracts listed here.

Each supplier agrees to provide products and services at contract rates to Virginia government entities, including all public bodies. Contact each supplier’s point of contact for SPIN information.

Additional contract details, including points of contact, pricing, etc., are available by clicking on the contract numbers below, and at the following link: http://vita2.virginia.gov/procurement/contractBrowse.cfm?qsCat=1000108

Networking Equipment Contracts
Supplier Contract Manufacturer
ABS Technology VA-160324-ABST Aerohive, Cisco, Meraki
Carousel Industries VA-160324-CRSL Aruba, Avaya, Extreme, Juniper
CDW Government LLC VA-160324-CDWG Aerohive, Arista, Aruba, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme, HP, Meraki
Converged Networks VA-160324-CONN Aerohive, Brocade, Mojo
Copper River IT VA-160324-CRIT Arista, Aruba,Forescout, Juniper, Palo Alto
Daly Computers VA-160324-DALY Aerohive, Aruba, Barracuda, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme, Fortinet, HP, Palo Alto, F5
Disys VA-160324-DISY Cisco, Meraki
Eastern Data VA-160324-EDI Aruba, HP, Netgear
Electronic Systems Inc. VA-160324-ELSY Aruba, Brocade, Cisco, HP, Meraki
CodeBlue Technology, LLC VA-160324-INFI Brocade, Palo Alto, Ruckus
Networking Technologies & Support VA-160324-NTS Brocade, Sophos, Xirrus, 7Signal
PCMG VA-160324-PCMG Aruba, Brocade, Cisco, HP, Meraki, Ruckus
Presidio VA-160324-PRNS Aerohive, Cisco, ESI

VITA Statewide Telecommunications Cabling Services Contracts

VITA Filed Form 470 Number 160021060 for the cabling services contracts listed below.

VITA’s network/telecommunications cabling services contracts provide users with structured telecommunications cabling services and associated materials, including both inside and outside plant.

Find your work location on the map. Then request a quote from each of the suppliers serving the corresponding service district.


VITA Cabling Services Suppliers (Contractors) by Service District

Map of counties in each service district. For help determining your service district, contact the VCCC 1-866-637-8482 or vccc@vita.virginia.gov

BRISTOL: ABS Technology, Express Technologies, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Taylored Information Technologies

CULPEPER: ABS Technology, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Four D Cabling, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Net100

FREDERICKSBURG: ABS Technology, Bazon-Cox & Associates, CDIS, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Mid-Atlantic Source One of VA, Net100

HAMPTON ROADS: ABS Technology, Bazon-Cox & Associates, CDIS, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Four D Cabling, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Net100, Secured Network Solutions, Tri-City Communications

LYNCHBURG: ABS Technology, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Four D Cabling, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Net100

NORTHERN VIRGINIA: Bazon-Cox & Associates, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Four D Cabling, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Net100

RICHMOND: ABS Technology, Bazon-Cox & Associates, CDIS, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Four D Cabling, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Mid-Atlantic Source One of VA, Net100, Secured Network Solutions

SALEM: ABS Technology, Express Technologies, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Taylored Information Technologies

STAUNTON: ABS Technology, Express Technologies, FiberPlus, Hyperion, IES Commercial, Net100

Cabling Services Contracts
Supplier Contract Number Service District(s) Served
ABS Technology VA-160322-ABST Bristol, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Richmond, Salem, Staunton
Bazon-Cox & Associates, Inc. VA-160322-BACO Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, Richmond
CDIS, Inc. VA-160322-CDIS Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Richmond
Express Technologies, Inc. VA-160322-EXPR Bristol, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Salem, Staunton
FiberPlus, Inc. VA-160322-FPI Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Staunton
Four D Cabling LLC VA-160322-FDC Culpeper, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond
Hyperion, Inc. VA-160322-HINC Bristol, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Salem, Staunton
IES Commercial, inc. VA-160322-IESC Bristol, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Salem, Staunton
Mid-Atlantic Source One of VA VA-160322-MSOV Fredericksburg, Richmond
NET100, Ltd. VA-160322-N100 Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Staunton
Secured Network Solutions, Inc. VA-160322-SNSI Hampton Roads, Richmond
Taylored Information Technologies Corp. VA-160322-TITC Bristol, Salem
Tri-City Communications VA-160322-TCC Hampton Roads

VITA Statewide Mobile/Cellular Services Contracts

Each E-rate customer must file its own Form 470 in order to use these contracts. Click on the VITA Contract Number to link to additional information regarding the specific services available and to view contract details:

Supplier Contract Number
AT&T Mobility LLC VA-090512-ATM
Ntelos Network Inc VA-090320-NTEW
Sprint Solutions VA-090512-SSI
T-Mobile USA VA-151001-TMO
US Cellular VA-090320-USCC
Verizon Wireless VA-090320-ALTL

References:

For additional information on VITA telecommunications and Internet services contact the VITA Customer Care Center at 1 (866) 637-8482 or vccc@vita.virginia.gov.

 

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