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Wisconsin E-rate Bulletin

Category 1 - 2nd Filing Window (FCC Order DA 20-1091)

  • Covers FY 2020; that is from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
  • Deadline for filing the Form 471 is Friday, October 16
  • Both Internet and data circuit costs can be included, but no Category 2 equipment/services. Also, note that connections to student residences are not eligible

Reminder: FCC Waives Gift Rules through December 31, 2020.

Starting in FY21 C2 budgets are district-wide instead of per-school

Estimated Timeline based on last year’s dates:

  • Review CAT 1 Needs (Present - Filing 470)
  • Look up CAT 2 Budget, Plan CAT 2 Purchases (Present - Filing 470)
  • File Form 470 (July 1, 2020 - Feb. 20, 2021)
  • DPI Publishes Lunch Valid File/District update EPC Profile (Oct. 19, 2020 - January 7, 2021)
  • File Form 471 (January 10, 2021 - March 20, 2021)

Upcoming DPI E-Rate Webinars & Training

  • TH 10/22, 1pm - E-Rate: A Basic Introduction
  • W 11/4, 1pm - E-Rate Bidding Rules & Best Practices
  • TH 11/19, 1pm - Form 470 Basics & Category 2 Overview
  • W 12/9, 1pm - Preparing to File Form 471

Additional E-Rate Training

For questions about this information, contact Rachel Schemelin (608) 266-5190