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 email@example.com, 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
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
IP Access International Inc.
Contract number: VA-191201-IPA
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
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
(FKA Qwest Communications)
Contract number: VA-151028-CTL
Verizon Business Network Services
(on behalf of MCI Communications)
Contract number: VA-151028-MCI
Category 2 Services (e.g., "Internal Connections," "Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections")
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 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.
- VDOE E-Rate web page
- The E-Rate program
- Eligible services
- VITA contracts
- Library contact: Cindy Church, Library of Virginia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- School division contact: Dr. Susan M. Clair, Virginia Department of Education (email@example.com)
For additional information on VITA telecommunications and Internet services contact the VITA Customer Care Center at 1 (866) 637-8482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.