E-rate Funding

E-rate Funding

In order to receive federal reimbursement, districts must file two forms:

  • Form 470 
  • Form 471

A district files a Form 470 to solicit bids for a specified list of products and services. After a competitive bidding process, the district will select a winning vendor and file a Form 471 to request reimbursement for these services. Services that are eligible for reimbursement fall into two categories:

    Category 1: What is Eligible for Reimbursement?

    Category 1 is Internet Access and Wide Area Networks and describes the connectivity between sites. Category 1 covers monthly service charges and non-recurring/construction costs for direct Internet Access and WAN connectivity between campuses, whether it is leased or owned.

      Category 1 Eligible Services:

      • Fiber - lit or dark
      • Wireless, (e.g. microwave)
      • Cable modem
      • DSL
      • Satellite service
      • Broadband over power lines
      • T-1, T-3
      • Dial-up
      • Voice services (VOIP)

        Category 2: What is Eligible for Reimbursement?

        Category 2 is Internal Connections and describes the connectivity within the sites. Category 2 covers Wi-Fi products and services, usually with a non-recurring charge.

          Category 2 Eligible Services:

          • Access points
          • Antennas and cabling
          • Caching
          • Network switches
          • Firewall services and components
          • Routers
          • Racks
          • UPS/battery back up
          • Supporting software
          • Managed services, (e.g. Wi-Fi)
          • Basic maintenance, repair, and installation


            Brian Mitchell
            100 North Stewart Street, Suite 220
            Carson City, Nevada 89701
            (775) 687-0987