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E-Rate

E-Rate Funding Year 2022

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 under Step 2.
  • 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 learninginfrastructure@doe.virginia.gov, or 804-786-9281, if you need additional guidance on VITA state master contracts for E-Rate Category 1 broadband for FY 2022.

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, 2023 (Third optional renewal term). Two (2) additional one-year 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 Networking Equipment Contracts

VITA filed FCC Form 470 # 220000042 for the contracts listed below for networking products (e.g., “Internal Connections” and “Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections” including routers, switches, wireless networking components, etc.).

Additional contract details, including points of contact, pricing, etc., are available for each contract by clicking on the corresponding “view” links in the first column below.

 

View VITA Contract Number Supplier Contract End Date SWaM
view VA-211201-ANS Advanced Network Systems 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-ATS Applied Technology Services 12/13/2023 Small Business, Woman Owned
view VA-211201-CRSL Carousel Industries Inc 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-CDWG CDW Government LLC 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-CRIT Copper River Information Technology LLC 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-DALY Daly Computers Inc 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-DISY Disys Solutions Inc 12/13/2023 Minority Owned, Small Business
view VA-211201-ELSY Electronic Systems Inc 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-ENA ENA Services LLC 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-EPLS ePlus Technology Inc 12/13/2023  
view VA-211201-INWS Innate Networks, LLC DBA INW Solutions 12/13/2023 Micro Business, Small Business
view VA-211201-NTS Networking Tech & Support 12/13/2023 Minority Owned, Small Business
view VA-211201-SHI SHI International Corporation 12/13/2023 Minority Owned
view VA-211201-TCTL ThunderCat Technology LLC 12/13/2023 Small Business, Service Disabled Veteran
view VA-211201-VICC Vicom Corporation 12/13/2023 Small Business

Note: Products may be delivered and services may be 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.

 

VITA Statewide Telecommunications Cabling Services Contracts

VITA expects to have statewide telecommunications cabling services contracts awarded and listed here imminently, in time to allow schools and libraries to issue “mini-bids” for the E-rate eligible services available thereon within the current Funding Year 2022 “filing window.” The contracts will be associated with VITA’s FCC Form 470 # 220000461.

 

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.