E-Rate 470 Demo

Event Description

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.

Presenter Bio

Mindy Fiscus – Digital Access Coordinator and State E-Rate Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

E-Rate Updates



The FCC’s E-rate program makes telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries. This webinar will focus on the most current information on Category 2 changes, eligible services, and state programs that support and leverage state E-rate funding. Eligible schools and libraries may receive discounts on telecommunications, telecommunications services, and internet access, as well as internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and basic maintenance of internal connections.




Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator and State E-rate Coordinator, Learning Technology Center

Why You Need Commitments (486) and Invoicing (BEAR/SPI)

Event Description

The less publicized, and imperative part of the E-rate funding process is upon us. The program’s request applications (470/471) get most of the attention because they are more detailed and longer. However, you won’t get any money (and really isn’t that the point of all this work) unless you complete the 486 form to confirm your services and the 472/BEAR form to collect your funds. Many districts do all the work up front and then forget the follow through. This webinar will focus on the importance of these forms, will walk through the information needed to complete them and easy to use search tools to confirm that you have done everything you need to in order to get your money.

Presenter Bio

Mindy Fiscus – Digital Access Coordinator and State E-Rate Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

What is the Illinois E-rate State Matching Grant?

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released a notice of funding opportunity/request for proposals (NOFO/RFP) for pending state funds to expand internet connectivity in schools. The funds would reimburse school districts for the cost of upgrading their broadband infrastructure to fiber optic technology. Fiber optic technology delivers the most affordable and fastest network speeds to schools and allows districts to scale cost-effectively to meet growing bandwidth needs in the future.

Nearly 75 districts across the state have been identified as having one or more school building in their district without access to this scalable infrastructure. Priority of funding will be given to districts that can demonstrate one or more buildings in their district is in need of a fiber upgrade.

In order to apply interested districts must:

  • Leverage E-rate funding and apply for special construction on their E-rate 470 and 471 applications.
  • Create a detailed RFP and/or Project (guidance and sample templates from EducationSuperHighway, an Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative partner)
  • Compare bids and choose a winning provider, following E-rate timelines, rules and guidance from USAC.
  • Complete the IL E-rate State Matching Grant Form on the ISBE Broadband Information website

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