Other Than E-Rate Essentials

The FCC has announced two new programs to help students gain broadband access at their homes in order to support remote learning. The IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will share updates on these and other state and federal funding opportunities that work along with E-Rate to support broadband access for student learning. Information specific to the EBB (Emergency Broadband Benefit) and ECF (Emergency Connectivity Fund) will be shared in detail. Join us to hear what new opportunities exist, other than E-Rate.

ICN Consortium Forms and Tools Walkthrough

This workshop/webinar will cover the process of signing up for the Illinois Century Network/ DoIT Consortium. IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus, will walk participants through the steps of completing the Letter of Agency and Circuit Information required for participation in the program. These forms are due by May 31, 2021 for inclusion in the next round of broadband procurement covering for services beginning July 1, 2022.

Other Than E-Rate Essentials

The FCC has announced two new programs to help students gain broadband access at their homes in order to support remote learning. The IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will share updates on these and other state and federal funding opportunities that work along with E-Rate to support broadband access for student learning. Information specific to the EBB (Emergency Broadband Benefit) and ECF (Emergency Connectivity Fund) will be shared in detail. Join us to hear what new opportunities exist, other than E-Rate.

ICN Consortium Forms and Tools Walkthrough

This workshop/webinar will cover the process of signing up for the Illinois Century Network/ DoIT Consortium. IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus, will walk participants through the steps of completing the Letter of Agency and Circuit Information required for participation in the program. These forms are due by May 31, 2021 for inclusion in the next round of broadband procurement covering for services beginning July 1, 2022.

Other Than E-Rate Essentials

The FCC has announced two new programs to help students gain broadband access at their homes in order to support remote learning. The IL State E-Rate Coordinator, Mindy Fiscus will share updates on these and other state and federal funding opportunities that work along with E-Rate to support broadband access for student learning. Information specific to the EBB (Emergency Broadband Benefit) and ECF (Emergency Connectivity Fund) will be shared in detail. Join us to hear what new opportunities exist, other than E-Rate.

E-Rate 471 Tips and Tricks

Now’s the time to fill out and submit your E-Rate 471 form. But what if you still have questions about this annually-required submission?

Join the LTC’s Mindy Fiscus for an overview of Form 471 and its role in the larger E-Rate submission process. This webinar will include a walkthrough of Form 471, including minor changes and navigation tricks for expediting the completion process. Participants will also get an opportunity to see the level of detail required to meet the FCC and USAC submission requirements.

E-Rate Bid Evaluations and Contracts

A key part of the E-Rate process is the selection of a vendor to provide eligible E-Rate services. This session will guide applicants through the steps of developing and implementing audit-proof evaluations that reliably select the best vendor for your needs. Participants will be provided sample bid evaluations, award/non-award letters, and tips for handling bid protests and post-award meeting requests. This session will also provide applicants with key tips for developing contracts that not only meet the requirements for E-Rate, but also protect their school or library’s interests.

E-Rate Cat 2 Budgets

The FCC has made permanent the “Category 2 budget” approach that was adopted as part of the 2014 Modernization Orders. This is a very positive development for applicants because it allows for more efficient long-term planning and less administrative burden. These changes will also streamline the review process and help incentivize smaller applicants to access their Category Two funding.

This webinar will focus on calculating a Category 2 budget for your district and identifying E-Rate eligible needs for the coming year. That way, you can be certain that you are using available funds as efficiently as possible.

E-Rate 470 Walkthrough

The Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (better known as “E-Rate”) is a federal program geared toward helping educational institutions obtain affordable internet access and infrastructure. To participate, a school must identify the goods and services needed to meet their educational demands, and submit those requests to a government-facilitated vendor bidding process.

This bidding process includes several steps, the first of which involves submitting Form 470. Many first-time applicants (and even some returning applicants) face challenges while completing this form, which is why the LTC is offering this overview of E-Rate Form 470.

In this free webinar, you’ll learn all about this form, including tips and guidance for submitting the form on time. Participants in this webinar will also have an opportunity to ask questions and obtain insights from Mindy Fiscus, the LTC’s E-Rate expert.

E-Rate 470 Walk-Through

The E-rate 470 form opens the bidding process for services related to internet access and network equipment that schools and libraries need to operate in today’s educational environment. This webinar will provide an overview of the form itself and will provide time for Q&A related to the program and this form in particular.