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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-704-2224.
What you need to do first:
Contracting for services and filing Form 471 - bring your laptop!
Contract matters (do this by the E-rate filing window deadline):
Drop-in dates for assistance with filing Form 471
Waiting for funding approval
After July 1, 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.
2020 Drop-in dates for assistance with filing Form 471
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St, Middletown 06457
Bring with you or have handy:
By Oct. 15, send Letter of Agency to Christine Gauvreau if you want a discount on monthly internet service fees (CIPA compliance required).
Oct. 1 - Jan. 7: Update your library profile in EPC, the E-rate application portal.
Dec. - Feb.: Renew internet service agreement with provider, based on outcome of consortium's bid evaluation process.
Jan. 10-March 20: File E-rate Form 471 to request funding.
July: File E-rate Form 486 to indicate that your service has started this funding year.
***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.
You can subscribe to weekly News Brief emails and read past briefs offering timely information and tips to help you through the application process.
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