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E-Rate

Welcome to Nebraska Department of Education’s E-Rate Page

2015 Form 471 Step-by-Step

The new online Form 471 has a new look and feel with elements that you will need to be prepared for.  Special thanks to Lorrie Germann, State E-rate Coordinator from Ohio, who created and shares with us this Step-by-Step PDF of the new form.  Click here to access the PDF.

Regional E-Rate Workshops  

Nebraska Department of Education along with the Nebraska Office of the CIO and Educational Service Unit partners held regional workshops December 1 through 8, 2014 covering recent changes in the E-Rate program and preparing participants for the Funding Year 2015 application process.

Click here for a PDF of the PowerPoint slides used during the workshop.
Click here to select and view sections of the workshop recorded December 2, 2014.

For more information contact: SuAnn Witt • 402-471-2085 • suann.witt@nebraska.gov

E-Rate Modernization Order Summary
FCC Order Released July 23, 2014

Also see: FCC E-rare Modernization Order released July 23, 2014 (FCC 14-99)

Internet Safety Policies, CIPA, and Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act:

2012 Requirements of CIPA

FCC guidance to Schools and Libraries, implementation of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act:

Entity Compliance Guide

The following statement in the last paragraph of the compliance guide reads:

When schools certify their compliance with CIPA, by filing FCC Erate Forms 486 or 479, they will also be providing a certification that their Internet Safety Policies provide for the education of minors about appropriate online behavior. In order to make this certification, they will have needed to update their Internet Safety Policies with the plan they are using to provide education about appropriate online behavior.

Your policy may point to a plan that exists in your curriculum guide or other location.

The NDE Curriculum/Instruction Standards Instructional Tool provides resources that teachers may use as part of their lesson plans addressing the new requirements.  Curriculum guides and teacher lesson plans may point to Language Arts, any grade level, section LA (gr).4.1.c.

Curriculum/ Instructions, Standards Instructional Tool 

E-Rate Validation Report

The Erate Validation Report provides the Official Fall Membership and Free and Reduced lunch counts that are used to calculate the percentage of discount when applying for Erate funding. 

E-Rate Validation Report Instructions

For questions regarding E-Rate and/or the E-Rate process contact SuAnn Witt at 402.471.2085 or suann.witt@nebraska.gov