Category Archives: E-Rate

E-Rate 470 and 471 Application Filing Windows Closing Dates

Please be aware of the following E-Rate application deadlines:

  • 470 Application Filing Window closes Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:59pm EDT.
  • 471 Application Filing Window closes Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:59pm EDT.

Please be reminded of the following free E-Rate resources available to assist districts:

Ed Weisenbach
State-Wide Technology Coordinator
Ohio Department of Education

Status of E-Rate Category 2 Funding

Per the FCC Modernization Order, each school receives a Category 2 (C2) budget that may be used to provide broadband connectivity within the school. The FCC rules state that the C2 budgets are for 5-years, based on the first year that any school in the district was committed C2 funding. However, there is also language in the Order indicating that C2 funding is only available through FY2019, after which it will sunset unless the FCC takes action.

Because of this, I strongly encourage all schools to consider their internal connections needs and utilize their C2 E-Rate budgets in Funding Year 2019, should the program in its current form not be extended. The only thing we know for certain today is, if you received C2 funding in FY2015, any remaining funds must be utilized in the upcoming 2019 funding year.

I am closely monitoring information received from the FCC, indicating their decision regarding the continuance of the Category 2 funding, and will provide updates as information is received.

If your staff would like to learn more about E-Rate, I will be conducting both face-to-face and webinar training sessions. For a list of dates/locations, go to my website at www.ohio-k12.help/erate, and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Education
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov

E-Rate FY2018 Form 470/Form 471 Deadlines & Workshop Registration Reminder

Please be aware of the upcoming FY2018 E-Rate filing dates/deadlines:

January 10    

FY 2018 EPC Administrative Window closes.  As of 11:59 p.m. EST, EPC entity profiles will be locked.  Applicants will not be able to update their profiles (e.g., with student NSLP data) until after the close of the Form 471 Application Window.

January 11 

FY2018 Form 471 Application Window opens at 12:00 noon EST.

February 22 

FY2018 Form 470 Application deadline.

March 22    

FY 2018 Form 471 Application deadline.  Window closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Also, please be sure to register for one of the upcoming FY2018 E-Rate Form 471 workshops.  Both face-to-face sessions and webinars will be conducted.

To register, go to https://www.ohio-k12.help/erate/, and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page.  If the link does not direct you to my E-Rate page, please enter the URL in your browser.

*If you are with a public library, training geared specifically for you will be held on January 29th, 2018.  To register, please use the following links:  

Library Face-to-Face session:

https://library.ohio.gov/event/erate-form-471-in-person-slo-oplin/

Library Webinar:

https://library.ohio.gov/event/erate-form-471-webinar-oplin-slo/

FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 Workshop Registration Reminder

Hello E-Rate Community,

This is a reminder, that the FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 workshop registration is now available.  Both face-to-face sessions and webinars will be conducted.

To register, go to www.ohio-k12.help/erate , and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page.

*If you are with a public library, please use the following links to register for the session scheduled for February 17th, geared specifically for library E-Rate applicants.

Library Face-to-Face Session Registration or Library Webinar Registration

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Lorrie

 

Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
On behalf of the Ohio Department of Education
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153

Important FY2017 E-Rate Update

E-Rate Community,

Please be aware that USAC has not yet announced the dates of the upcoming FY2017 Form 471 filing window.  However, if you need to file a Form 470 for new services, you can do that now.  Just remember, you are required to wait a minimum of 28-days after filing the Form 470 before choosing your Service Provider, and awarding contracts, if applicable.

The reason for the delay is USAC is currently working on updating applicant EPC entity profiles with data validated during the FY 2016 PIA application review process.

Once USAC completes all its entity profile updates, we expect they will publicly announce the completion of this step, and give applicants a specified time period (perhaps a month) to review and update their entity profiles prior to the opening of the FY 2017 application window.

This will become a critical period for applicants to make changes to their profiles, presumably before the profiles are locked down during the application window.

Based on lessons learned during the FY2016 filing season, where library and consortium applicants were unable to file their Form 471 application until the school applicants updated their student and free/reduced lunch counts, this “update” period will prevent the need for separate Form 471 filing windows.

USAC strongly encourages applicants not to make changes to their entity profiles while they  complete the update process.

It is very important that applicants carefully follow USAC’s entity profile procedures over the next couple of months.  Once the FY 2017 application window opens, opportunities to correct entity profiles will be limited.

**Please note, because of the delay in the opening of the window, I will be forced to delay the Form 471 workshops that are scheduled to start next week.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but I will not have access to form changes until shortly before the window opens.  I will post the new dates ASAP, and continue to email updates as new information is received.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Lorrie

Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153

Upcoming FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 Workshops

Hello E-Rate Community,

This is a reminder, that the schedule for the FY2017 E-Rate Form 471 workshops, both face-to-face sessions and webinars, are listed on my website.  To register, go to www.ohio-k12.help/erate, and click on the “Events” tab located in the table at the bottom of the page.

*If you are with a public library, training will take place on March 14th, and will be offered as both a face-to-face session and as a webinar.  To register, please use the following links:

Use this Link to Register for the Library In-Person session.

Use this Link to Register for the Library Webinar
If you have questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Lorrie

Lorrie Germann
State E-Rate Coordinator
lorrie.germann@education.ohio.gov
Office: 740-223-2420
Cell: 740-253-1153

FY2017 E-Rate Workshops Starting Soon

Lorrie Germann, State E-Rate Coordinator on behalf of Ohio Department of Education, will conduct the Fall FY2017 E-Rate Workshop. The day will focus on upcoming changes to the program, USAC’s EPC portal, and Form 470 application.   Whether you are a new comer to E-Rate, have filed for many years, or use the service of a consultant, it is recommended you attend in order to understand the program changes and how they will impact you.  To register, go to ohio-k12.help/erate/events.