Funding Year 2012: July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 2012-13 School Year. Funding Year 2012: Completing form 470. Topics for today’s session. What are some helpful resources? What is the purpose of form 470? Form 470: Common errors made in filing What’s new with the E-rate program in 2012?
Requirements for eligibility:
Do I have to file a form 470 every year?
Yes, if you are applying for month-to-month services, you must file form 470 every year.
Yes, if you want to sign a new contract, you must file a form 470.
No, if you have an existing multi-year contract that meets certain conditions (more info is provided later in this presentation)
Error 1: Applicants don’t wait the full 28 days before choosing a service provider or signing a new contract
FIX: Wait at least 28 days!
SLD is getting more particular about documenting a fair and open bidding process
Error 3: Not enough quantity and/or capacity requested for telecommunications services and/or Internet
FIX: Don’t limit your capacity. Use words like “no less than 8 cellular phone lines” or “minimum of 3 mps”. Avoid using words like “8 phone lines.”
If you are filing for cellular data services (e.g. Smartphone-type services or wireless “card” service), indicate this on form 470 in two places: Telecom services and Internet services
Error 4: Form 471 requests services not listed on form 470 (forgot some services on form 470)
FIX: You may file more than one form 470 (but must wait 28 days before selecting a service provider and signing a contract)
New item 1: CIPA (applies only to districts/schools/AEAs)
By July 1, 2012, amend your Internet safety policy (if you haven’t done so) to provide for monitoring of online activities of minors and the education of minors in appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms, cyberbullying awareness and response.
Your school/district/AEA is not required to have a new public notice and hearing for this policy change (assuming you have record of previous action)
If you don’t have a record of the public notice and hearing for the original establishment of the Internet safety policy, it is recommended that you refresh the record by posting public notice and holding a public hearing.
CIPA reminders: The following are already required if requesting discounts on Internet and/or internal connections:
Your school/district/AEA does not have to buy an Internet safety student curriculum!
There are plenty of great/free online resources.
Also see Common Sense Media (requires free online registration):
Local school and library authorities must determine what matter is inappropriate for minors.
Social networking sites are not automatically considered harmful to minors.
Put into local policy how your school or library locally interprets the requirements and make sure your implementation aligns with the policy. (Do what you say you’re going to do).
The following is not yet determined by FCC. Public comment likely to be sought on the following type of question:
Do CIPA requirements apply to the use of portable devices owned by students and library patrons when those devices are used in a school or library to obtain Internet access funded by E-rate?
Keep some sort of documentation to show filtering/technology protection measure is in place (e.g. bill from vendor of filtering software; sample of a couple computer logs showing filtering, etc.)
(Schools/districts/AEAs only): Keep some sort of documentation that the education of minors occurs (e.g. copy of the curriculum used; sample lesson plan from teachers, etc.)
For a detailed discussion of CIPA requirements:
Children’s Internet Protection Act website guidance
Form 486 Instructions
Form 479 Instructions
For more details on CIPA, see recent USAC training slides at http://www.usac.org/sl/about/training-sessions/training-2011/fall/presentations.aspx#presentations
New item 2: Have the deadlines been set?
No, the deadlines are not yet set.
New item 3: Eligible Services List
If you want more examples and updated details on eligible services, take a look at the USAC training slides on eligible services, especially:
Item 4: Further clarification on gift rules
See the following for more details
New item 5: Ministerial and clerical errors
If you find you made an error and need assistance to get it corrected, contact Pam (schools/districts/AEAs) or Jay (libraries)
Want to speed up your 2012 application review?
Call the USAC Client Service Bureau to notify them of changes to building names, contact person information, corrections to building addresses, etc.
They may request the information in writing on school/district/library letterhead
Five categories of services:
*There’s no separate filing area on form 470 or 471 for this category of service.
category for funding year 2011
This category primarily includes “dark fiber” or leased lit fiber provided by a non-telecomm provider
Unused funds from previous years have been rolled into funding year 2011. All eligible applicants in 2010 got priority 2 funding.
Internal connections examples