FCC Form 470 "Description of Services Requested and Certification Form" The
first form that must be filed by a school or library in the E-rate application
process. Its primary purpose is to briefly describe the applicant, provide a
point of contact, and indicate any new telecommunications and technology
services that the applicant will be seeking. Much of the information requested
is designed to be useful to, and to be made available to, potential vendors.
The important aspect of submitting a Form 470 is that it be filed well before
actual contracts, upon which E-rate discounts will be requested, are signed.
Specific discount requests will be made on a second form, FCC Form 471, which
should be filed before the end of the application window period for the next
funding year. The Form 471 application window for FY 2005 year will close
February 18, 2005 (see
the SLD's announcement on the extension of the filing window for FY
2005). Timing is important because, before new contracts can be signed, the
initial Form 470 must be received by the SLD and posted on its Web site for at
least 28 days.
The rules for determining the eligibility of existing and new contracts for
E-rate purposes are quite precise and must be carefully followed.
A more complete discussion of these rules and the implications for applicant
purchasing procedures is provided under
Contract Timing Issues.