E-Rate Consulting

Typical DSCI Participation

Supporting

Schools and Libraries Desiring E-Rate Funding

 

DSC understands the scope and objectives of E-Rate project and provide phased activities with associated deliverables as indicated below in Part 1 and Part 2. 

 

Part 1: A feasibility study

 

Determining feasibility of obtaining E-Rate funding for specific situations:

 

  • Determining potential road blocks for an application (with respect to contracts, service providers, among other factors);
  • Establishing preferred means of overcoming identified roadblocks;
  • Determining strategies for optimizing reimbursements either as individual or consortia applications within each county based on provider discounts and constraints; and
  • Recommending specific optimization strategies in county for individual and consortia of libraries.

 

Part 2: Part 2: E-Rate application efforts are detailed below:

 

Managing E-Rate applications for the complete funding year:

 

·               Managing and carry out the E-rate application process from start to finish for designated public libraries during the E-rate funding year 2011-12;

·               Complete all application forms, filings and required correspondence; including the RFPs for 470 if needed;

·               Working with schools and libraries to develop and assess technology plans, in order to ensure compliance with USAC’s technology plan requirements, as needed;

·               Evaluating provider bid responses for complying with USAC’s competitive bidding rules;

·               Reviewing Free & Reduced lunch figures and provide guidance to maximize E-rate discounts;

·               Creating and submitting necessary 471 filings following mandatory 470 posting period;

·               Creating and submitting any further required or applicable filings (form 486, 472, 500) in compliance with mandated deadlines;

·               Managing, filing and storing all relevant paperwork associated with the application;

·               Supporting the school or library regarding all reviews, audits and appeals;

·               Assisting the school or library in answering all Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) questions;

·               Assisting the school or library in preparing and responding to Selective Review Audits, if the institution are chosen for Selective Review;

·               Assist the school or library in preparing and filing SLD and FCC Appeals if it must go through an appeal process;

·               Preparing and following-up with service substitutions, SPIN changes, and form 500 filing, as needed;

·               Following-up with E-rate invoicing and reimbursements; and

Providing quarterly status reports to the school or library.
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Michael Keeling,
Jan 20, 2011, 5:19 PM
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Michael Keeling,
Jan 20, 2011, 5:19 PM
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Michael Keeling,
Jan 20, 2011, 5:19 PM
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