What is it?
CEN began to charge libraries for internet service on July 1, 2016. The statewide buying consortium wants to help you find money from E-rate to pay a portion of your new internet bill. Through a competitive bid process, the consortium will select the vendor that provides the most cost-effective option for internet service. This vendor may or may not be CEN.
What am I committing to?
When will this all happen?
The consortium evaluation team will review bids in December 2018 and make an announcement of the selected vendor. You will have between January 10 and March 20, 2019, to file a Form 471 to request a discount from E-rate for your internet service from that vendor.
What do I have to do to participate?
I'm not ready!
We'll do this again every year. Stay tuned.
How do I learn more?
I need help with my Form 471!
Download the Word doc titled "Instructions for Form 471 for ISP" and/or attend one of the drop-in assistance sessions.
Bring with you or have handy:
Drop-in Assistance Sessions:
How do I sign an agreement for internet service?
Contact the vendor, once selected.
Do I have to filter?
YES. If you accept E-rate funding to help pay for your internet service, your library must be CIPA compliant, including filtering. Learn more about E-rate's CIPA rules: http://usac.org/sl/applicants/step05/cipa.aspx
For more information, read the page on CIPA and Filters.
An April 2013 article in American Libraries provides helpful guidance on filtering and CIPA: "Filtering and the First Amendment," by Deborah Caldwell-Stone.
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