How competitive bidding works

Competitive bidding starts when you submit an FCC Form 470 and ends at least 28 days later File Along with Me, when you evaluate bids, select a vendor, and begin filling out your FCC Form 471. The steps to the E-rate Program’s competitive bidding process are: Describe your requirements and …

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Form 498 bear part 2

If you’ve chosen the BEAR method of invoicing and your FCC Form 498 is approved for File Along with Me, you can submit an FCC Form 472 (BEAR Form) to request reimbursement. Filing tip: One BEAR form per service provider Only one service provider can be listed on a BEAR …

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Finishing up fcc form 470

After completing the Service Request section of your FCC Form 470 File Along with Me, you’ll be asked to enter contact information for a technical person at your organization. Add a technical contact and procurement The technical contact person on your FCC Form 470 could be someone who is not …

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Enter basic contact information

Now that you’ve started FCC Form 471 File Along with Me, enter your basic and contact information. Most of this information will pre-populate automatically from your school/library profile, so if the information showing up is incorrect, exit the form, go into your school/library profile, and update it there. As you …

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Details second window

This is the first time the program has offered a separate File Along with Me, longer window for library and consortium applicants. Here are some frequently asked questions about the “second window” for libraries and consortia: If I apply in the “second window,” will my funding commitment be later too? …

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Decoding the codes

Decoding the codes In the FCC Form 471, you’ll be asked to provide a number of different codes File Along with Me. Some applicants have never heard of these codes, and don’t know how to look up their school/library’s codes! Here, we’ll break down what these codes are for, and …

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Cost calculation recipients service

After entering the product and service details for your Category File Along with Me Two funding request (FRN) line item, the next screens to complete are the cost calculation, and selecting the recipients of service. Cost calculation Enter the cost calculation for the FRN line item. You can find detailed …

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Connectivity questions

After entering your funding request (FRN) and FRN line items File Along with Me, you’ll arrive at the “Connectivity Information” summary portion of the FCC Form 471. Connectivity information populates automatically from your profile. If you did not enter this information in your profile before beginning the FCC Form 471, …

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