The first step to receiving funding is to decide what services you’re going to apply for. Check out this year’s Eligible Services List to see what services qualify. Once you’ve decided on the services you want, it’s time to fill out and post an FCC Form 470.
On this form, you’ll state your school/library’s service needs and initiate competitive bidding between potential service providers. Then, you’ll detail your requested services and the specifics of your project.
Next, service providers bid to be the one to provide services to you. Your form must stay posted for at least 28 days to allow for a competitive process. This process is called “competitive bidding,” which we covered in detail last week.
FCC Form 470 deadline
In order to have enough time (28 days) to conduct competitive bidding and still submit your application before the filing window ends, you must submit FCC Form 470 by
Friday, April 1, 2016 April 28 for schools or June 23 for libraries and consortia.
But, we recommend submitting it as soon as possible so you can identify problems early, get help if you need it, and aren’t left scrambling on the last day of the filing window (
April 29, 2016 extended to May 26 for schools; July 21 for libraries and consortia).
Get started with your form
To start your FCC Form 470, log in to EPC and select the Apply Now button to begin. You’ll be walked through confirming your organization’s basic information and requesting your various services, which fall into two buckets: either Category One or Category Two Services.
Category One Services are data transmission and internet access, and/or voice services, while
Category Two Services are internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and/or basic maintenance of internal connections.
After choosing your services, you can also provide a technical contact and procurement information for your organization. Finally, you will have to certify and sign the form.
In the next post, we’ll talk about how to get started with FCC Form 470.