E-Rate Services

E ratesNorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101's E-rate program provides a service that most districts will find beneficial. Assistance is offered for planning, training, on-line filing and reimbursement request for funds. This service will provide revenue for school districts which can directly enhance educational benefits for students.

Goal Statement
Our mission is to assure that school districts annually apply and receive funding and/or discounts for eligible telecommunications, Internet access and internal connection services. We offer assistance with completing the application process to assure funding for K-12 public and private school districts.

What is E-rate?
The Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, or E-rate, provides discounted services on telecommunications, internet access and internal connections for all public and private schools, and libraries. The Universal Service Program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD).
The E-rate program provides discounts of 20-90% on the cost of eligible services. Discounts are based on the number of students eligible for the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program and the location of the organization (rural or urban). The discounts are paid directly to the companies that provide schools and libraries with these technology services. In turn, the school or library receives a discounted bill or a reimbursement. The program may be funded up to a cap of $2.25 billion annually. A funding year begins on July 1st, and ends on the following June 30.

There are three required forms (470, 471, 486) and two possible forms (472, 500):
  • The process begins with the filing of a Form 470 (Request for Competitive Bid).
  • Followed by the Form 471 (Request for Discount).
  • Form 486 is submitted to verify that the applicant has received services as promised by the serviceprovider.
  • A BEAR Form (Form 472) may be used to request reimbursement for costs for services paid in full.
  • Form 500 is used to notify the SLD of certain changes.

How Can NEWESD 101 Help?
Management of District E-rate Process
On-line filing of applications
Completion and monitoring of all E-rate processes
Appeals
SPIN Changes
Eligible services
Eligible service providers
Eligible entities
Internal record keeping system
Filing 486, 472, and 500 forms
General information to vendors
Assistance with forms
Assistance with audits and appeals
Problem resolution and program integrity issues
Training

Contact

BauerDr. Shirley Bauer
Educational Service District 101
4202 South Regal
Spokane, WA 99223-7738
(509) 323-2787
(605) 348-3302
Fax (605) 348-4741
Cell (605) 484-0136
sbauer@esd101.net
E-rate News & Updates

E-rate Modernization Order Section Added to USAC Website
On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the E-rate Modernization Order[PDF] that will expand Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries across America while ensuring that support continues for broadband connectivity. USAC has created a separate section of its website devoted exclusively to this Report and Order. We suggest that you check this section and the other pages relating to the E-rate program often for any newly released documents relating to the Report and Order and for updates to existing ones.
Forms
Forms, including instruction guides, are available directly from the Universal Service Program website.

All forms are in the Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) and require the free Acrobat Reader plugin.

Schools & Libraries News Brief
The Schools and Libraries Program News Brief will give you information about upcoming funding commitments, tips to help you through the application process, and other timely information. This electronic news brief is issued weekly.

E-rate Service
Members
2014-2016
Almira
Central Valley
Cheney
Chewelah
Colfax
Colton
Columbia
Colville
Creston
Curlew
Cusick
Davenport
Deer Park
Endicott
ESD 105
Evergreen
Garfield
Great Northern
Harrington
Inchelium
Keller
Kettle Falls
LaCrosse
Lamont
Liberty
Lind
Loon Lake
Mary Walker
Medical Lake
Nine Mile Falls
Northport
NW Christian Edu
Oakesdale
Odessa
Onion Creek
Orchard Prairie
Orient
Palouse
Pullman
Reardan
Republic
Ritzville
Riverside
Skykomish
Sprague
St John
Steptoe
Summit Valley
Valley
Washtucna
Wellpinit
West Valley
Wilbur