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 can be expected to begin some time in early winter of 2015/2016, and to close some time in late February or March.
VITA has pre-qualified some of its contracts, including the COVANET contract (#VA-031104-MCI, a "state master contract" in E-rate parlance), and its "state replacement contract" (expected to be awarded soon), with a Form 470 so you don't have to file your own for those contracts. 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 (shown below) should retain a copy of the contract in their documentation before filing a Form 471. Below is a table of VITA's two most popular contracts for E-rate-eligible services and the information needed for Block 5 on the Form 471:
Most Popular E-rate services
||Verizon Business Services
(formerly MCI Communications Services, Inc.)
|470 Application No.
Form 470 must be filed by Applicant.
||Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, Internal Connections
||Telecommunications Services, Internet Access
|Allowable Contract Date
||January 7, 2003
Form 470 must be filed by Applicant first
|State Master Contract
||COVANET-voice, data, video, and Internet network services and related equipment; long distance services
||Variety of voice and data services
||November 7, 2003
||September 2, 2004
||November 7, 2003
||September 2, 2004
||June 30, 2016 (Per Contract’s "Services Phase-out Period" clause)
Look for the new state replacement contract, coming soon!
|June 30, 2016 (Per Contract’s "Services Phase-out Period" clause)
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
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
Contract number: VA-151015-AMTI
BrightStar Communications, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-BCI
Citizens Telephone Cooperative
Contract number: VA-151015-CTC
Comcast Business Communications, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-CCBC
Cox Virginia Telcom
Contract number: VA-151015-CXCM
E&E Enterprises Global, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-E&EG
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
Granite Telecommunications, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-GT
Hughes Network Systems
Contract number: VA-151015-HNS
Knight Sky, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-KNS
Lightower Fiber Networks II, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-LTFN
Lumos Networks, Inc.
Contract number: VA-151015-LN
Rural Broadband Network Services LLC (RBNS) (dba Highspeedlink.net)
Contract number: VA-151015-RBNS
Shentel Communications LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-SHEN
Windstream Services, LLC
Contract number: VA-151015-WS
VITA Networking Equipment Contracts
VITA Filed Form 470 Number 303980000883569 for the contracts listed below
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.
Additional E-Rate Eligible VITA "State Master Contracts"
In addition to those shown above, VITA also has many other state master contracts meeting E-rate rules for funding year 2015, for various E-rate-eligible services. E-rate customers would have to file a Form 470 in order to use these contracts. Click on the VITA Contract Category to link to additional information regarding the specific services available and to view contract details:
VITA Contract Categories
|VITA Contract Category
||E-rate Eligible Services Categories
|Cellular / PCS / Blackberry
||Multiple contracts for wireless services and equipment including cellular phones, Blackberry devices, mobile data cards, etc.
||Telecommunications, Internet Access
||6/30/2017 after six (6) one-year renewals
||Multiple contracts for network cabling products and services
||Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
||Various - See link for individual contract info
For additional information on VITA telecommunications and Internet services contact the VITA Customer Care Center at 1 (866) 637-8482 or email@example.com.