Updated January 2018
State procurement schedules sometimes do not coincide with the timeline for the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program application process. For example, a state may initiate or intend to initiate a competitive bidding process to replace an expiring state master contract with a new state master contract, but that process may not be completed before the application filing window closes.
If both states and applicants follow the guidance for the appropriate scenario below, applicants may request discounts under a state master contract that was competitively bid and put in place by a state government entity for use by others to replace an expiring state master contract.
We refer to a state master contract that replaces another state master contract as a state replacement contract.
There are two scenarios in which one state master contract can replace another:
If the state does not file an FCC Form 470 for both competitive bidding processes, applicants will not be eligible for discounts for the services covered with the state replacement contract for the program year.