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Funding for Broadband Construction Available

The mechanism to partially fund the construction costs of bringing broadband Internet service to school and public libraries in Idaho is in place – and could reduce libraries’ cost to zero.

Known as BIIG, the broadband infrastructure improvement grant fund, was passed by the Idaho State Legislature in 2016, as Title 33, Chapter 910.

Upcoming E-rate Changes

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by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with a July 11 E-rate Order. Below are some upcoming changes: 

Internet Use Policy and Internet Filtering

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by Kevin Tomlinson

The deadline is fast approaching. As we prepare to comply with Idaho’s new law regarding Internet use in public libraries, here are a few tips to help you get up and running.

What is the deadline?

That depends.

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E-rate: Form 471 window open 12/3/2009 - 2/11/2010

Now is the time to submit Form 471, if your Form 470 has been posted online for at least 28 days.

To review:

Step #1 - write technology plan (if necessary)

Step #2 - File Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form)

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E-rate: Next step (Form 471 window opens 12/2)

If you've written your tech plan (which is necessary for everything except basic telephone service), or have an approved plan which runs through June 30, 2010 and have filed Form 470, then the next step is Form 471. The application window will open next week at noon EST on December 2 and will close on Feb. 12, 2009 at 11:59 EST.

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E-rate: Get your $$ (Form 472 - BEAR - 2007-2008)

Now is the time to submit Form 472 (BEAR, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement) to get your money for the year that ended June 30, 2008. You have 120 days after the end of service (October 28), or 120 days after receiving a funding commitment, whichever is later, to submit for reimbursement.

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E-rate Waves 7 & 8

Libraries that received funding commitments for e-rate in Waves 7 and 8 are:

  • Kootenai-Shoshone Area Libraries (Wave 7)
  • Twin Falls (Wave 7)
  • Clarkia (Wave 8)
  • Clearwater District (Wave 8)
  • Jerome (Wave 8)

The total funding commitment for Idaho libraries in Waves 1-8 is $98,566.80.

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    E-Rate: Wave 6

    You may ask, what about Wave 5? No libraries received funding commitments in Wave 5, but Emmett is the lucky recipient in Wave 6.

    The total amount committed to Idaho libraries in Waves 1-6 is $56,599.89.

    Want to get in on this but don't know where to start? Give me a call or drop me a line!

    Jan Wall
    Public Library E-rate Coordinator
    Idaho Commission for Libraries