It’s That Time of Year Already! Time to File your Form 470 Now for E-Rate Savings!


E-Rate funding helps K-12 schools save on telecom and Internet equipment and services.

Can you believe it’s already that time of year? And by “that time of year,” of course I mean E-Rate. Did you think I meant the holidays? 

The 470 filing window for the 2014-2015 E-Rate funding year is now open—how prepared are you? If you’re still in the beginning stages, check out this post on the “Dirty Dozen” (12 mistakes you’ll want to avoid when filing), and then file your Form 470 as soon as possible, so that you have ample time to gather and evaluate bids in advance of the Form 471 filing window.

Have your calendar handy? Circle the dates below in red, highlight them in yellow, set reminder alerts on your phone—do whatever it takes to make sure you don’t miss these critical 2014-2015 E-Rate filing deadlines:

  • Form 470 application window is open now! The last day to submit your Form 470 (officially requesting bids for products and services) is Wednesday, February 26 (2/26/14).
  • Form 471 application window opens Thursday, January 9 and closes Wednesday, March 26 (1/9/14 - 3/26/14). This application serves as your formal request for discounts on eligible products and services. 

And if all the dates and forms are confusing you, don’t worry!  Windstream has been an E-Rate service provider since the inception of the program, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the process. Your Windstream trusted advisor can help you maximize your technology budget while providing your school or library with the solutions your students need to help them better compete in the 21st century.  We’ve served thousands of schools with customized voice, data and network solutions for more than 15 years. And qualified schools can save between 20% and 90% with E-rate! 

With advanced Windstream technology solutions, such as dedicated Internet and state-of-the-art connectivity, faculty members teach more effectively. Students can keep pace with the demands of the digital world. And you’ll be able to get the most out of limited budgets.

Windstream Education Solutions include:

  • Advanced phone systems
  • Internet access
  • Networking solutions
  • Data Center
  • Equipment solutions

For more information about Windstream education solutions, or for help explain the E-Rate process, contact one of Windstream’s trusted advisors.

Now go start your Form 470, and then enjoy the holidays!