Posted: Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:42pm Updated: Thu, 01/30/2020 - 9:09am

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Why has the Department decided not to conduct a statewide procurement for funding year 18?
A statewide procurement effort limits respondents to providers who can provide service to all schools. We believe the provider space is expanding, and a state contract with one provider is not in the best interests of schools.  Schools should compare rates among providers in their geographic area by bidding out their needs for connectivity and the spectrum of services available in addition to their basic connectivity needs.
Without a state contract with ENA as the provider, can our district stay with ENA in funding year 18?
Yes, but you will need to rebid your Internet service by posting the required FCC Form 470 with no influence from any eligible service provider, per E-Rate program rules.  When you post your FCC Form 470 for funding year 18, ENA will be aware and have the opportunity to respond.
Where can I see the state QPA’s for connectivity providers negotiated by IOT?
These QPA’s will be posted on the IOT web site and made available through the IDOE connectivity page.  When these QPA’s become available, additional communication will be shared through the Friday morning communication from the IDOE to superintendents and principals.
Currently AdTec files FCC Form 471’s and 486’s for schools purchasing from the DOE negotiated state contract, will AdTec continue to file FCC Form 471’s and 486’s on behalf of schools in funding year 18?
The DOE will not be funding FCC Form 471 and 486 filings through AdTec, but schools are free to negotiate their own agreements with AdTec or with other E-Rate filing companies. This change will allow the Department to send more money directly to schools to support bandwidth needs.

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