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All libraries must file the Form 471, also known as the E-rate application, to request E-rate discounts on services selected through competitive bidding. This webinar will show you how to file the Form 471 for Category One funding requests, including internet access or transport services for branch buildings and hotspots or smartphone data for the library bookmobile. Includes a live demo of filing the Form 471 in the E-rate Productivity Center.
2/9/2021 | 1.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
Part 1 of 2 on handling your library’s committed E-rate funding. This webinar will cover the Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) that libraries receive after their Form 471 applications are reviewed; the mandatory Form 486 for making a certification regarding compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), general information about E-rate invoicing options, and post-commitment changes that can be made after receiving an FCDL. Recommended for all E-rate filers.
5/6/2021 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a one-time allotment of federal funding to address the connectivity gap that creates barriers for remote learners. This webinar will cover the program rules, eligible services list, and general information about applying for discounts in summer 2021. Ideal for libraries that want to create or expand hotspot lending programs or laptop lending programs, or provide internet access at a location other than library property.
5/25/2021 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) applies to libraries that receive E-rate funding for internet access or Category Two services. This session covers the basic components of CIPA, including filtering options, internet use policies, and public hearings. While this session is geared towards E-rate applicants, other library staff may benefit from understanding internet filtering in order to answer patron questions.
5/18/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)


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