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E-Rate Flow Charts

Flow Chart for schools using RIDE's 470

Flow Chart for schools completing their own Form 470


Eligible Services List 


E-Rate Program Acronyms and Terms


E-Rate Process Guide


RITEAF (RI Telecommunications Education Access Fund)

  • The RITEAF application process is now open to all schools and libraries in Rhode Island.

    Please use this link:

    for forms for the School Year 2018-2019.


    If you need School Lunch Free and reduced data (October 2016 most recent) please use this link:


    The deadline to apply is September 22, 2017. All bandwidth increase requests must be emailed to Karen Cooper with the supporting documentation and Excel file.


    All questions can be sent to

  • Technology Plan (Tech Plan) - Only Districts are required to submit a Tech Plan.  Direct Connects no longer require this.  Your Technology Plan should be updated annually.



Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form)

  • Must be posted at least 28 days before the filing of the Form 471

Form 471 (Application for Discounts)

  • To be submitted during the "Filing Window"

Form 486 (Verification of Services)

  • To be filed out after you have received your Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) and the delivery of your services has started


News From RIDE:

Please use the following link to access the current version of the RITEAF paperwork:


All forms must be completed and submitted by September 16, 2016.



If you are requesting any bandwidth increases, the Bandwidth Upgrade form must be submitted to me via email with the required justification by September 16, 2016.

If you are not requesting any bandwidth increases, then the form can be sent within the same batch as the other forms.

And remember, District technology plans should be updated in eRIDE, especially if you are requesting any bandwidth increases.


For additional assistance, please feel free to contact Melanie Turcotte, Business Operations Officer 401.398.7552

or Greg Silva, Member Services Representative 401.598.7553

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