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Bridging the Digital Divide

E-Rate Form 470 Resources

Schools are perennially faced with funding shortfalls. Programs like E-Rate, however, offer funding that can be used to offset EdTech funding challenges. We've been working with schools on EdTech funding for years, and we're pleased to provide you this E-Rate Form 470 information to help you get your students connected easily and affordably.

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About E-Rate

EdTech funding

The E-Rate program provides discounts on telecommunications and technology services to eligible schools and libraries. This funding can be used to support a wide range of EdTech initiatives, such as Kajeet SmartBus® school bus wifi, broadband internet access, wireless networking, and more.

How to get started with E-Rate funding for EdTech

If you are interested in using E-Rate funding to support your EdTech initiatives, the first step is to file Form 470. Once you have filed Form 470, you can begin to receive bids from potential service providers. Once you have selected a service provider, you can submit an FCC Form 471 to request funding.

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Form 470 FAQS

What is Form 470?

FCC Form 470, also known as the Description of Services Requested and Certification Form, is the first form that must be filed by a school or library in the E-Rate application process. It is used to describe the telecommunications and technology services that the applicant is seeking funding for.

Why is Form 470 important?

Form 470 is important because it allows potential service providers to see what services are being requested and to submit bids accordingly. It also serves as a public record of the applicant's needs, which can help to ensure that the bidding process is fair and competitive.

When should I file Form 470?

Form 470 must be filed at least 28 days before the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window for the funding year in which services are requested. This gives potential service providers enough time to review the requests and submit bids.

How do I file Form 470?

Form 470 must be filed electronically in the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC). To access EPC, you will need to create an account and log in. Once you are logged in, you will be able to create and submit a new Form 470.

What information is required on Form 470?

Form 470 requires applicants to provide a variety of information, including:

  • The applicant's contact information
  • The types of services that the applicant is requesting
  • The location of the services
  • The estimated cost of the services
  • A timeline for implementation

 

E-Rate Webinar Video

Watch this informative segment from E-Rate expert Jim Kerr as he discusses the E-Rate application process. Want to watch the whole webinar, which goes into detail on not only E-Rate but also school bus wifi, content filtering, and much more? Request your free access to the full webinar recording here.

 

Did you know that SmartBus is E-Rate Eligible?

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Researching school bus WiFi solution providers before you file your Form 470? Make sure any solution you're looking at includes these critical features:

  • Wireless Connectivity eSIM Support
     Multi-Carrier options with support for active-active connections.
  • Content Filtering
    CIPA-compliant content filtering for all devices attached to the Wi-Fi network, without the need for integration with school networks or on-premise filtering systems. Filtering by category (time of day, routes, grade levels, etc.).
  • Appropriate Hardware
    Ruggedized hardware with option for a portable solution (non-permanent installation) for leased fleets. Support for active-active configurations.
    Support for simultaneous WiFi connections in increments of 10, 20, and 40+.
  • Flexible Contracting Options
    Multi-year contract availability (flexibility of 1-year term with up to 2-year extension).
  • Management and Support
    Web-based platform for real-time reporting of device and data usage. Available technical support and service level agreements.
  • Installation
    Harnesses and conversion kit availability. Installation capabilities.

Download These Critical Requirements (PDF)

Kajeet SmartBus Case Study

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Farmington Municipal Schools (FMS) is large rural school district in New Mexico with 21 schools and over 11,500 students, many of whom have school bus commutes of over an hour each way.

Download this case study and learn how FMS uses Kajeet SmartBus school bus wifi to extend the classroom, to eliminate lost learning time on the long school bus commutes, and to help fight digital inequality for its diverse student population.

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Tips for filing Form 470

Keep these tips in mind for filing Form 470:

  • Be as specific as possible when describing the services that you are requesting.
  • Include all relevant information, such as the location of the services, the estimated cost, and the timeline for implementation.
  • Proofread your Form 470 carefully before submitting it.
  • If you have any questions about the Form 470 filing process, you can contact the USAC E-rate Help Desk for assistance.

 

Questions on how Kajeet solutions can meet your Form 470 needs?

Kajeet is a leading provider of managed mobility services for education. Kajeet offers a variety of solutions that can be used to support EdTech initiatives, such as:

  • School bus wifi
  • Mobile broadband internet access
  • Managed Wi-Fi
  • Content filtering and security solutions

Kajeet also offers a variety of E-Rate-eligible solutions to help schools and libraries get the most out of their E-Rate funding. Kajeet can help schools and libraries with the Form 470 filing process, and Kajeet can also provide E-Rate funding consulting services.

Managed Connectivity Solutions for Education

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Kajeet SmartSpot Devices
WiFi hotspots that can be used on-campus or signed out to students. SmartSpots have multi-carrier connectivity, are fully filterable to block selected websites, and ship ready-to-use.
WiFi-Connected School Buses
Kajeet SmartBus®
WiFi-connectivity for school buses that allow monitored, managed student internet access on the way to and from school or any other time that students are on a SmartBus WiFi-enabled bus.
Manage Student Connectivity
Kajeet Sentinel®
Create and manage a secure online environment for all your devices with device management, web filtering, firewalls, advanced malware detection, and filterable per-account and per-user usage reports.
Efficient, secure networking
On-Campus Private Wireless Networks
The ultimate in security and efficiency, with low cost and high ease of use. Frost & Sullivan calls our private network solution “an obvious choice for school districts around the world.”
Built-in WiFi
LTE-embedded Chromebooks

With one portable device, tech teams can ensure students have access to the tools they need to engage with a digital curriculum outside the classroom.

Contact Us About E-Rate Eligible EdTech

Find out how our decades of experience in managed connectivity in an educational setting can help you, and why Frost & Sullivan call Kajeet “an obvious choice for school districts around the world.” Contact us today for questions about Form 470, E-Rate, and EdTech, and tell us about your needs.

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