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​​​​​​​​​​ E-rate for Everyone
A general overview of the E-rate application 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 Funding Year 2022 (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023).
11/10/2021 | 1 hour | Slides​​ (PDF)
A step-by-step guide to filing the Form 470 for Category One service requests, including internet access for library buildings and hotspot service for the bookmobile. Includes a live demo of filing the Form 470 for competitive bidding in the E-rate Productivity Center. Recommended for all filers for Funding Year 2022, which covers services for July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
11/30/2021 | 1.5 hours | Slides (PDF) | Bookmobile Hotspot RFP​ (Word)
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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 data transmission 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.
2/1/2022 | 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)
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 modifying 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.
10/7/2021 | 1 hour | BEAR Form Slides (PDF), Form 498 Slides​ (PDF)
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) applies to libraries that receive funding through federal programs such as E-rate, the Emergency Connectivity Fund, and the Library Services and Technology Act. 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.
10/27/2021 | 1 hour | Slides​ (PDF)

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