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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 42

POLICY CODE:  IJNDB

 

TO:                   Superintendents of  Schools and Technology Coordinators

 

FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE:             December 18, 2001

 

RE:                   ATM Service and E-Rate, School Year 2002-2003

 

            School systems initially purchasing or continuing to purchase ATM service during school year 2002-2003, 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 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 (207-244-3250) or Jeff Fink at (207-878-4237) or toll free at (800-244-3250).

 

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.  A template for Form 471 is available online at: http://www.maine.gov/education/technology/ (Under “Priority Projects”). 

Form 471, and all associated materials, must be sent to the Schools and Libraries Division, Universal Administrative Company, and be postmarked by midnight on January 17, 2002.

 

Follow the instructions for Block 4-A of the 471 carefully to determine which discount applies to your application.  If the ATM lines 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 service applies to more than one site (i.e. provides data to more than one building) the aggregate discount arrived at in Block 4-A 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: http://www.maine.gov/msl/erate.htm  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, please contact Steve Vose at the Department of Education at 624-6779 or via e-mail at steve.vose@state.me.us