After your FCC Form 470 is certified, you must wait at least 28 days before choosing a service provider, signing a contract, and completing and certifying an FCC Form 471. As the primary document in the E-rate cycle, it provides applicants the opportunity to request discounts on eligible services and equipment. It is important that you file on time to make sure you get the funding that you need for your school district’s network. This year, the deadline to submit a Form 471 is March 27, 2019. Some tips to help you successfully navigate the process and avoid common pitfalls are to:
- Update your EPC profile before you start
- Involve your vendor
- Be descriptive in the narrative field
To learn more about preparing for your Form 471 this E-rate cycle, watch this short video.