In November 2017, the statewide buying consortium led by the CT State Library issued an RFP (called a Form 470) through the E-rate program for the purchase of internet service for the period July 2018-June 2019.
This page is written for libraries that choose to contract for internet services under this RFP. Internet service purchased under the RFP is eligible for E-rate discounts, if the library files an E-rate Form 471 and is CIPA compliant.
Libraries are under no obligation to order these services and may contract with any vendor they choose for their internet service.
For more information and E-rate, CIPA, and filtering (including free filtering software from CEN), visit the CIPA and Filters page.
If you have any questions, please contact Maria Bernier, the state library's E-rate Coordinator, at email@example.com or 860-704-2204.
This document constitutes the complete RFP (Form 470) that was posted by the Connecticut Libraries Fiber Consortium on June 10, 2016 (E-rate application # 160046528):
What you need to do first:
Contracting for services and filing Form 471
Contract matters (do this by the E-rate filing window deadline):
Drop-in dates for assistance with filing Form 471
Waiting for funding approval
Your next step is to file a Form 486 in EPC. The link is found on your Landing Page in the top right corner of the page.This is the form on which you’ll indicate the status of your library’s CIPA compliance.
The vendor will send you discounted bills and will file the necessary paperwork to get reimbursed by E-rate for the remainder.
***To communicate with a real person about the E-rate Program, call the Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100 on weekdays between 8 AM and 8 PM.***
USAC offers several different kinds of assistance and training, including an Online Learning Library, weekly News Briefs, and assistance from the Client Service Bureau by phone or email.
The Online Learning Library contains short videos and longer recorded webinars on various topics related to the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), forms, eligible services, Category Two budgets, and discount calculations.
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