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E-rate Process — Dates to Remember

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Application Process
​Recurring Services
Non-Recurring Services

Form 470 – Competitive Bidding
​Form 471 – Application to Request Discounts
​Form 486 – Service Start Date + CIPA Certification
​Service Dates for Category 1 or 2
Invoicing Deadline (BEAR/472) Service Dates for Category 2 Purchase / Installation​ ​Invoicing Deadline (BEAR/472)
Funding Year 2019
(FY 19-20)
Closed Closed

​120 days from: FCDL or Service Start Date (whichever is later)† 
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020
​February 25, 2021†
​April 1, 2019 To Sept. 30, 2021†
​January 28, 2022†
Funding Year 2020
(FY 20-21)

120 days from: FCDL or Service Start Date (whichever is later)​ ​July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
October 28, 2021​​Apr. 1, 2020
Sept. 30, 2021
​January 28, 2022
Funding Year 2021
(FY 21-22)
​July 1, 2020 to mid-Feb 2021 (projected)
Window to open competetive bidding
Mid-January to mid-March 2021 (projected)
Form 471 filing window​
120 days from: FCDL or Service Start Date
(whichever is later)​
July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022​​October 28, 2022
​April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022
January 28, 2023​
​Most libraries open competitive bidding each year and must wait at least 28 calendar days to select vendor(s).
​All libraries must file the Form 471 every year to receive a funding commitment.
All libraries must file the Form 486 to release funding for invoicing; FCDL = Funding Commitment Decision Letter
​Both Category One and Two services may be recurring (ex: monthly internet)
​May request one 120-day extension by the deadline
​Non-recurring = one-time purchases such as network equipment
​May request one 120-day extension by the deadline

​​ The FCC extended some program deadlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the 4/3/20 Schools and Libraries Program News Brief for details.


This project is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services​ Grants to States Program.

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Contact Information

Lauren Abner
Technology Consultant
Kentucky Department for
Libraries and Archives
PO Box 537
Frankfort KY 40602

(502) 564-1728

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