E-rate applicants file an FCC Form 471 to request discounts on eligible products and services. Applicants must include information on the recipients of services, discount calculations, costs of service, dates of service, and service provider(s). Please be prepared to provide detailed descriptions of services, and certify compliance with program rules. Applicants must have a 470 filed at least 28 days before filing the 471. After that 28-day window, contracts may be signed, and additional details needed for the application can be discussed with the chosen providers.
Please remember to bring:
An Internet-ready device.
Your EPiC login and password.
A copy of this year’s 470.
A copy of last year’s 471.
Electronic copies/scans of any new contracts or signed/dated chosen bids.
Bidding matrix (if you haven’t evaluated bids already).
If you are not ‘geeky’ and filing for Cat2 – a general understanding/description of the equipment you are asking for (we have to put it into categories and types, so please have a quick conversation with your local ‘geek’ or chosen provider before you come. Lunch will be served.
Mindy Fiscus is the Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. She was formerly the Area 6 Technology Director for Southern Illinois and has 19 years of educational technology experience. In her current role, she also serves as one of the IL State E-rate Coordinators, and supports districts with the application process for E-rate, a federal program focused on providing cost-effective internet access and network equipment for schools and libraries. She also supports state and federal initiatives related to implementing personalized, research-based digital learning strategies and identifying exemplary sources of digital content. Mindy serves on multiple state and national associations including the State Education Technology Directors Association, State E-rate Coordinator Alliance, and the Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative. She works out of the ROE 12 office in Robinson, IL.