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Updated September 2015
To open a competitive bidding process, applicants post one or more FCC Forms 470 to the USAC website. Service providers can review and respond to bids based on the information contained in an FCC Form 470 and, if one is issued, a Request for Proposal (RFP) or similar bidding document.
The entity that will run the competitive bidding process – the applicant, a state procurement agency, or another entity authorized to negotiate on the applicant's behalf – must ensure that the competitive bidding process is open and fair and must be prepared to receive and evaluate bids and negotiate with service providers.
RFPs are not required for Schools and Libraries Program purposes, but applicants must issue them if they are required by state or local competitive bidding rules. Applicants may also choose to issue RFPs to provide more information than they can fit on an FCC Form 470 or for other reasons. If an applicant issues an RFP, it must be uploaded to their online FCC Form 470.
There are two ways for service providers to review FCC Form 470 information:
Note that there are two additional tools to view and download information from FY2016 FCC Forms 470.
You must be in compliance with all program rules and all applicable state and local procurement rules and regulations, including any competitive bidding requirements. You should also review the FCC Form 470 and RFP for specific requirements related to the competitive bidding process and make sure to follow them.
Internet access service may be exempt from the FCC Form 470 posting requirement if the following requirements are met:
Your actions must not compromise the competitive bidding process. You should avoid conduct that gives the appearance that the competitive bidding requirements have been compromised.
The services you provide may be eligible, ineligible, or partially or conditionally eligible. Your bid responses (and contracts, if you are chosen as the service provider) should clearly identify ineligible services and provide cost allocations for services that are partially or conditionally eligible.
If your bid is chosen as the most cost-effective by an applicant, you and the applicant can negotiate a contract (for services other than those provided under tariff or a month-to-month arrangement), and you can prepare to assist the applicant as needed with filing the FCC Form 471 and undergoing application review.