E-rate News Flash - Issue 17-06

  Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FCC Form 471 Deadline May 11, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 471 for the 2017–18 Funding Year deadline is Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:59 p.m. (PST). Applications certified after this date are unlikely to be considered for funding.

Instructional videos on how to file the FCC Form 471 can be found in the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) Online Learning Library at http://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/online-learning.aspx.


CALNET 3 Updates

The California Department of Technology recently completed a “refresh” of the CALNET 3 state master contract part B Sections 3 and 5. The services covered under these sections of CALNET 3 include:

  • Section 3: Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
  • Section 5: Managed Internet Services

The “refresh” was done in conjunction with the posting of a new FCC Form 470 that all local education agencies (LEAs) are free to use. The FCC Form 470 number is 160046640 and only applies to the above referenced sections of the contract.

Important E-rate details associated with the bidding process are:

  • Contract Award Date (CAD): April 12, 2017
  • Contract Expiration Date (CED): June 30, 2018
  • Number of Voluntary Extensions: 3
  • Total months remaining on contract if all voluntary extensions were executed (from July 1, 2017): 48

LEAs that choose to use the California Department of Technology’s FCC Form 470 may also need to conduct a “mini-bid” to determine the most cost effective provider for that LEA. A detailed discussion of the “mini-bid” process can be found on the Schools and Libraries Division’s (SLD) Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step02/state-master-contracts.aspx.

The full CALNET 3 contract can be found on the California Department of Technology’s Web page at https://cdt.ca.gov/services/calnet/.

Additional Information & Support

The Schools and Libraries Program (SLP), commonly known as E-rate, provides timely information and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLP’s Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx.

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As always, we are here to help if you have questions or need support. Members of the CDE E-rate team are available to assist by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.