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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:           J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:            November 20, 2000


RE:                 ATM Service and E-Rate, School Year 2000-2001


School systems initially purchasing or continuing to purchase ATM service during school year 2000-2001, who are planning to apply for Federal e-rate discounts for that service, should be aware that the following steps are required:


Procedure for obtaining E-rate discount for monthly ATM line fees:


A.  Form 470, Schools and Libraries Division, Universal Service Administrative Company (formally SLC). 


The Maine Department of Education has already submitted an E-rate form 470 on behalf of ALL eligible schools, libraries, vocational centers and regions.


B.  Verizon Contract, Each individual site must have a signed service contract with Verizon before Form 471 is submitted.


The State has a master contract with Verizon to provide ATM service to any eligible school, library, vocational center or region in Maine BUT each site must have an individual contract for service. To obtain an individual contract with Verizon, call Barry Crommett at (207-878-4292) or Jeff Fink at (207-878-4237).


C.  Form 471, Schools and Libraries Division, Universal Service Administrative Company.


Once you have signed a contract for ATM service with Verizon, each school must then submit a form 471  (See enclosed sample).  Form 471, and all associated materials, must be received by the Schools and Libraries Division, Universal Service Administrative Company, on or before January 18th, 2001.

Follow the instructions for Block 4 of the 471 carefully to determine which discount applies to your application.  If the ATM line services apply to only one site (i.e. it is not used to transport data to other buildings within your school system) you will use the school's specific discount rate.  If the ATM line services applies to more than one site (i.e. provides data to more than one building) the aggregate discount arrived at in Block 4 will be the discount used.


How to submit form 471 to the Schools and Libraries Division, Universal Service Administrative Company - Forms may be either printed and completed manually for mailing (address on the forms) or filed electronically through the following URL:  Those wishing to submit an electronic version must use a computer with Windows 95 or higher.  The forms are also available via mail by calling the Client Service Bureau at (888-203-8100).  For additional e-rate support, please contact Lev Sherman or Edna Comstock (1-800-322-8899) at the Maine State Library.


For further information about the status of the ATM Distance Learning Network, sites may contact Department of Education Project Manager Ed Gomes at 287-5620 or