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
Contractor Verizon Business Services
(formerly MCI Communications Services, Inc.)
Verizon Virginia
470 Application No. 773810000441063 None available.
Form 470 must be filed by Applicant.
SPIN 143001197 143001422
Category Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, Internal Connections Telecommunications Services, Internet Access
Allowable Contract Date January 7, 2003 None available.
Form 470 must be filed by Applicant first
State Master Contract VA-031104-MCI  VA-040801-VERV 
Description COVANET-voice, data, video, and Internet network services and related equipment; long distance services Variety of voice and data services
Award Date November 7, 2003 September 2, 2004
Start date November 7, 2003 September 2, 2004
End date 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 613470000795410 for the contracts listed below. However, VITA will have new "Broadband Internet Contracts" and a new Form 470 number established prior to the FY 2016 "filing season," so stay tuned!

Each supplier agrees to provide service at contract rates to Virginia government entities, including all public bodies. All suppliers have current SPINs.

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: 12/31/15 (see note above regarding new contracts in the works for FY 2016)

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

Comcast Business Communications, LLC
Contract number: VA-021110-CCBC
SPIN #: 143003990

Cox Virginia Telcom, LLC
Contract number: VA-021110-CXCM
SPIN: 143026494

E&E Enterprises Global, Inc.
Contract number: VA-021110-E&EG
SPIN: 143029854

Hughes Network Systems
Contract number: VA-021110-HNS
SPIN: 143005653

Knight Sky, LLC
Contract number: VA-021110-KNS
SPIN: 143034232

Additional Broadband Internet contracts for which Form 470 has NOT been filed:

Citizens Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Contract number: VA-110930-CTC
SPIN#: 143001405

Cox Virginia Telcom, LLC
Contract number: VA-110930-CXCM
SPIN: 143026494

Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority
Contract number: VA-110930-ESVB
SPIN #: 143033450

GCR Telecommunications, Inc.
Contract number: VA-110930-GCR
SPIN: 143030799

Metrocast Communications
Contract number: VA-110930-MCC
SPIN: 143026042

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.

Supplier Contract Manufacturer
Avaya VA-110418-AVYA Avaya
Carousel Industries VA-110418-CRSL Avaya
Daly Computers VA-110418-DALY Aruba & Brocade
Davis & Associates VA-110418-DAV Cisco
Disys Solutions VA-110418-DISY Cisco
Eastern Data VA-110418-EDI HP
ESI VA-110418-ELSY Brocade & HP
Enterasys VA-110418-ENTY Enterasys
Knowledge Information Solutions VA-110418-KNOW Aruba, Juniper, & Netgear

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 Basic Description E-rate Eligible Services Categories Expiration Date
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
Telecommunications Cabling 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 vccc@vita.virginia.gov.