[erate-maine] E-rate for PUBLIC LIBRARIES: the new Form 470 is ready!

Leadbetter, Jared Jared.Leadbetter at maine.gov
Wed Dec 17 15:17:24 EST 2014

Good afternoon to all,

For those concerned (and let me hereby define those that should be concerned! 1) Public libraries that have been or are interested in engaged in E-rate reimbursement for telephone service, or 2) Public libraries that will be implementing significant changes to their network hardware in the next 18 months. All others are encouraged to ignore this message):

The new Form 470 is ready for prime time, just in time for the holidays! Gather round yon hearth, top your lap with one of those... computing thingies, and prepare your application! Instructions are provided here:

http://www.maine.gov/msl/erate/training/form470.htm or http://www.maine.gov/msl/erate/training/form470.pdf

There are several significant changes to the E-rate process. Due to a new order to refocus the E-rate priorities toward high-speed Internet service and away from "legacy" services such as telephone, here's what you can expect:

1)      The discount rate applicants receive for voice services will be reduced by ***20 percentage points*** every funding year beginning in funding year 2015. This phase down will apply to all costs incurred for the provision of telephone services and circuit capacity dedicated to providing voice services, including: local phone service, long distance service, plain old telephone services, wireless telephone service such as cellular, and interconnected VoIP. So if you have been receiving a 70% discount for telephone services previously, you can expect a 50% discount for FY 2015.

2)      Support in funding year 2015 has been eliminated for paging; telephone service components, including directory assistance charges, text messaging, custom calling services, direct inward dialing, 900/976 call blocking, and inside wire maintenance plans; e-mail; web hosting; and voicemail. Data plans and air cards for mobile devices will remain eligible for support only if a school or library can demonstrate that individual data plans are the most cost-effective options for providing internal broadband access for portable mobile devices at its facility.

3)      If you were planning for significant upgrades to your network hardware, you should contact me to learn about the new E-rate rules for broadband services and connections.

As always, if you have questions or are seriously lacking cookies, please contact me.

-Jared Leadbetter
E-rate and Technology Consultant
Maine State Library
jared.leadbetter at maine.gov<mailto:jared.leadbetter at maine.gov>

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