The E-rate discount program lowers the cost of Internet access, and
telecom and network data services for schools and libraries. It’s a tiered
system of reimbursement, for which OSPI applies on behalf of all K-12
schools connected to the K-20 network.
E-rate Training & Materials
November, 2013 OSPI
E-rate Reimbursement Amounts Tied to National School Lunch Program Data
At the school level, your E-rate discount is determined by the percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
OSPI has posted a spreadsheet with the latest NSLP data from October, 2013, along
with each school’s NCES code and Billed Entity Number (BEN)
If your district or schools in your district don’t show up in the data,
contact Susan Tenkhoff, (Susan Tenkhoff, (360) 292-4194) Washington state’s E-rate coordinator.
E-rate Form 479 & Letter of Authorization (LOA) due by 9/30/14
K–12 schools connected to the K-20 network need to complete and return Form 479 (Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) certification) and the 2015-17 Letter of Authorization to OSPI by Sept.30, 2014 to ensure their E-rate eligibility
(see OSPI Bulletin 043-14). You can check the status of your E-rate form 479 and LOA submissions, as well as your tech plan approval status [Note that technology plans will no longer be required for E-rate, starting in 2015].
E-rate Eligible State Master Contracts
School districts can take advantage of the state’s optional-use, E-rate eligible master contracts. These are contracts for which the state has:
- Posted a Form 470.
- Run a fair, open and competitive bidding process.
- Awarded optional-use master contracts.
Two kinds of services are available through these E-rate eligible contracts.
- Cellular — contracts with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
- Advanced ethernet — contracts with nine vendors.
Details necessary to complete your Form 471 applications and information on how to utilize these contracts.
SPIN Number & NCES Code