The E-Rate program (i.e., Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program) allows schools and libraries to make purchases of Internet access, telecommunications services, and related equipment at significantly discounted rates (20% to 90%).
In order to apply for E-Rate discounts using VITA state master contracts, you should:
VITA has pre-qualified some of its contracts (i.e., “state master contracts”) with a Form 470 so you don't have to file your own. Such state master contracts include those for Category 1 services such as the VITAnet contracts (contract numbers VA-151028-CTL and VA-151028-MCI) and a number of Broadband Internet contracts. When you use VITA's Form 470 (numbers shown below) there is no need to wait 28 days to file your Form 471.
Note that VITA does not plan to have contracts for E-Rate Category 2 services (i.e., “internal connections”) available in time for the upcoming filing window and schools and libraries should follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) regarding identifying valid sources of E-Rate Category 2 services for Funding Year 2021. VITA will have state master contracts for Category 2 services for future funding years, but not Funding Year 2021..
Below is a table of VITA's most popular contracts for E-Rate category 1 services and the information needed for block five on Form 471. This is followed by information on VITA’s popular broadband Internet services contracts. Please note: there is no Form 470 on file for VITA’s contract for local telephone service from Verizon Virginia (VA-170929-VZVA) so any entity wishing to use it for E-Rate eligible services would need to file its own.
|Contract description||VITAnet telecommunications & Network services |
(Replacement contracts for COVANET contract with Verizon business)
|Categories||Telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections|
|Contractor||CenturyLink Communications |
(FKA Qwest Communications)
|Verizon Business Network Services |
(on behalf of MCI Communications)
|State master contract||VA-151028-CTL||VA-151028-MCI|
|Form 470 application number||887320001134227|
|Allowable contract date||April 22, 2013|
|Award date||October 28, 2015|
|Start date||October 28, 2015|
NOTE: VITA is exercising its option to renew these contracts until October of 2022 well in advance of the FY 2021 E-Rate “Filing Window.”
October 27, 2022 (Second optional renewal term)
“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|
VITA filed FCC Form 470 #200000187 for the contracts listed below. Even though the contracts may show an expiration date of June 30, 2021, VITA is exercising one of serveral available renewal periods through at least June 30, 2022 prior to the upcoming 2021 E-Rate “filing window”. These contracts are designed to be used for the upcoming 2021 funding year as explicitly described in the original RFP and resulting contracts.
Each supplier agrees to provide service at contract rates to Virginia government entities, including all public bodies.
Note: In order to use these contracts for E-rate purposes, schools and libraries must complete a new process for becoming a “Direct Service Plan (DSP) Participant.” To request DSP Participant status and use VITA’s Broadband Internet contracts to be billed direct by broadband providers for E-rate Eligible Services, submit an E-mail message to SCMInfo@vita.virginia.gov requesting DSP Participant status as an E-rate applicant. VITA will contact you with a form to complete and further instructions for ordering services.
Contract information page: Broadband Services contracts
Please contact VDOE E-Rate support at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 804-786-9281, if you need additional guidance on VITA state master contracts for E-Rate Category 1 broadband for FY 2021.
Below is a list of the suppliers and their SPINs (click on "contract information page" link above for detailed contract information, including supplier contacts):
Atlantic Broadband Enterprise, LLC
Contract number: VA-191201-ABEL
SPIN #: 143038643
BrightStar Communications, Inc.
Contract number: VA-191201-BCI
Citizens Telephone Cooperative
Contract number: VA-191201-CTC
Comcast Business Communications, LLC
Contract number: VA-191201-CCBC
Cox Virginia Telcom
Contract number: VA-191201-CXCM
Crown Castle Fiber
Contract number: VA-191201-CCF
Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA)
Contract number: VA-191201-ESVB
SPIN #: 143033450
GCR Telecommunications, Inc.
Contract number: VA-191201-GCR
Granite Telecommunications, LLC
Contract number: VA-191201-GT
Hughes Network Systems
Contract number: VA-191201-HNS
Lumos Networks, Inc.
Contract number: VA-191201-LN
Mobile Satellite Tech
Contract number: VA-191201-MST
Contract number: VA-191201-RSN
Shentel Communications LLC
Contract number: VA-191201-SHEN
Windstream Services, LLC
Contract number: VA-191201-WS
For additional information on VITA telecommunications and Internet services contact the VITA Customer Care Center at 1 (866) 637-8482 or email@example.com.