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E-rate

A general overview of the E-rate process, from competitive bidding to selecting providers and receiving substantial discounts on internet access and networking equipment. Recommended for new filers or those who would like a refresher for the E-rate Funding Year 2020 application cycle to request discounts for July 2020 to June 2021.
10/2/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
A step-by-step guide to filing the Form 470 for Category One service requests (internet access for library buildings and hotspot service for the bookmobile). Includes a live demo for filing the Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center. Recommended for all filers due to changes to this form for Funding Year 2019, which covers services for July 2019 to June 2020.
10/9/2018 | 1.5 hours | slides (PDF), Template for Bookmobile Cellular Data RFP (Word)
E-rate Category Two funding can save your library thousands of dollars on costly upgrades for networking equipment (Internal Connections), equipment maintenance (Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections), and managed services such as managed Wi-Fi (Managed Internal Broadband Services). Learn about Category Two budgets, using RFP documents, handling vendors, and more. Includes a live demo of entering Category Two requests on the Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center. Funding Year 2019 covers services for July 2019 to June 2020 with early equipment installation starting April 1, 2019.
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.
1/23/2019 | 1.5 hours | SLIDES (PDF)
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 Two funding requests, including Internal Connections (networking equipment such as access points, switches, and firewalls); Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections (repair/maintenance/tech support for eligible networking equipment); and Managed Internal Broadband Services (monitoring of eligible network equipment). Includes a live demo of filing the Form 471 in the E-rate Productivity Center.
1/29/2019 | 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.
5/16/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Part 2 of 2 on handling your library’s committed E-rate funding. This webinar will provide examples for completing the Form 472 (aka Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement or BEAR form) which some libraries file in order to receive E-rate refunds via direct deposit. Instructions for filing or modify the Form 498 to provide the library’s direct deposit information will also be covered. Recommended for E-rate filers that use BEAR forms to invoice all or part of their E-rate discounts. Instructor: Lauren Abner, KDLA Technology Consultant.
6/13/2019 | 1 hour | Form 498 Slides (PDF) | BEAR Form 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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