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E-Rate Funding Year 2023 

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: 

  • Use the VITA FCC Form 470 (for those for which VITA filed one) 
  • If you use VITA state master contracts for E-Rate, you do not have to do an FCC Form 470 and wait 28 days. You can do a “mini-bid” and save time and resources. The mini-bid procedure is on the Virginia Department of Education E-Rate web page. 
  • File an FCC Form 471 

VITA Contracts for E-Rate Eligible Services 

VITA has pre-qualified some of its contracts (i.e., “state master contracts”) with FCC Form 470s 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; and several contracts for E-rate “Category 2” services (a.k.a. “Internal Connections”) including wired and wireless networking equipment and cabling services. When you use VITA's FCC Form 470 (numbers shown below) there is no need to wait 28 days to file your Form 471. However, applicants using VITA's FCC Form 470 numbers should retain a copy of the contract in their documentation before filing a Form 471. 

Category 1 Services (Data Transmission Services and/or Internet Access) 

Below is information on VITA’s popular broadband Internet contracts and VITA’s other E-rate category 1 services and the information needed for block five on Form 471. 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. 

VITA Broadband Internet Contracts 

VITA filed FCC Form 470 #200000187 for the contracts listed below. 

Contract information page: Broadband Services Contracts 

Please contact VDOE E-Rate support at, or 804-786-9281, if you need additional guidance on VITA state master contracts for E-Rate Category 1 broadband for FY 2023. 

Below is a list of the suppliers and their SPINs (click on the "Broadband Services Contracts" 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 
SPIN: 143048616 

Citizens Telephone Cooperative 
Contract number: VA-191201-CTC 
SPIN: 143001405 

Comcast Business Communications, LLC 
Contract number: VA-191201-CCBC 
SPIN: 143003990 

Cox Virginia Telcom 
Contract number: VA-191201-CXCM 
SPIN#: 143000013 

Crown Castle Fiber 
Contract number: VA-191201-CCF 
SPIN#: 143005274 

Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority (ESVBA) 
Contract number: VA-191201-ESVB 
SPIN #: 143033450 

GCR Telecommunications, Inc. 
Contract number: VA-191201-GCR 
SPIN: 143030799 

Granite Telecommunications, LLC 
Contract number: VA-191201-GT 
SPIN: 143025539 

Hughes Network Systems 
Contract number: VA-191201-HNS 
SPIN: 143005653 

IP Access International Inc. 
Contract number: VA-191201-IPA 
SPIN: none 

Lumos Networks, Inc. 
Contract number: VA-191201-LN 
SPIN: 143003814 

Mobile Satellite Tech 
Contract number: VA-191201-MST 
SPIN: 143030540 

RiverStreet Networks 
Contract number: VA-191201-RSN 
SPIN: 143048599 

Shentel Communications LLC 
Contract number: VA-191201-SHEN 
SPIN: 143033621 

Windstream Services, LLC 
Contract number: VA-191201-WS 
SPIN: 143030766 

Additional Contracts for Category 1 Services (Data Transmission Services and/or Internet Access) 

Contract description:VITAnet telecommunications & network services (Replacement contracts for COVANET contract with Verizon business) 
Form 470 application number: 887320001134227 
Allowable contract date: April 22, 2013 
Award date: October 28, 2015 
Start date: October 28, 2015 
End date: October 27, 2024 (Fourth optional renewal term). Additional terms are also available. 

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 

CenturyLink Communications 
(FKA Qwest Communications) 
Contract number: VA-151028-CTL 
SPIN: 143001157 

Verizon Business Network Services 
(on behalf of MCI Communications) 
Contract number: VA-151028-MCI 
SPIN: 143001197 

Category 2 Services (e.g., "Internal Connections," "Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections") 

VITA Statewide Networking Equipment Contracts 

VITA filed FCC Form 470 # 220000042 for its statewide contracts for Networking Equipment, Products and Services (e.g., E-Rate Category 2 Services including “Internal Connections” and “Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections” such as routers, switches, wireless networking components, etc.). 

VITA Statewide Telecommunications Cabling Services Contracts 

VITA has established Statewide Telecommunications Cabling Services contracts to allow schools and libraries to issue “mini-bids” for the E-rate eligible cabling services they offer (e.g., E-Rate Category 2 Services “Internal Connections” and “Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections” including structured network cabling systems and associated materials, pathways, components, etc.). The contracts are associated with VITA’s FCC Form 470 # 220000461. 

This document, also included as a link at the bottom of each individual contract’s summary information page under “Files/Attachments,” provides additional, useful information about these contracts, including their geographic availability. 

Note: Category 2 Services (i.e., "Internal Connections," "Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections") may be delivered and performed after the date of expiration of the contract as long as they are ordered prior to such date. Similarly, all terms and conditions relevant to products and services ordered prior to the data of expiration of the contract remain in full force and effect, including those regarding any support, maintenance and warranties. 


For additional information on VITA telecommunications and Internet services contact the VITA Customer Care Center at 1 (866) 637-8482 or