John H. Wood Jr. Charter District
To increase the capacity for human greatness!

E-Rate Program

E-Rate is a federal program that provides funding assistance to schools and libraries for telecommunications, Internet access, infrastructure, and maintenance/support. The program is formally titled "The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund" and is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). To learn more about the program, please visit the USAC Schools & Libraries website.

Year 17 Funding

The bidding window for E-Rate Funding Year 2017 closed at 4:00 p.m. on April 7, 2017. Winning vendors will be contacted directly.

Form 470 and RFP

John H. Wood, Jr. Public Charter District has begun the application process for funding for E-Rate Year 17. The district filed the Form 470 #170069140 on March 10, 2017. If you are a vendor who would like to review the district form 470 for proposal purposes, you may access it on the USAC website under Billed Entity Number 231593. Interested parties must also comply with our Request for Proposals, viewable here. Please contact Charles Winkler, Director of Technology at erate@woodcharter.com if you cannot view the RFP.

Competitive Bidding Process

The schedule for events is as follows:

RFP/470 Release DateMarch 10, 2017
Newspaper Notices
(San Antonio Express-News)
March 10 & 17, 2017
Pre-Bid MeetingMarch 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Deadline for Site SurveysApril 4, 2017
Deadline for QuestionsApril 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Proposal Submission DeadlineApril 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

If you are an interested vendor, please attend the Pre-Bid Meeting on March 21, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. There will also be a virtual meeting held simultaneously to allow attending via a web-based meeting solution.

You may submit your sealed proposals to the attention of Charles Winkler at the following address: 

Educational Resource Center, Inc.
Attn: Charles Winkler
10325 Bandera Road 
San Antonio, Texas 78250 

or via e-mail to erate@woodcharter.com

Proposals must be received by 4:00 p.m. on April 7, 2017, by either mail, delivery, or e-mail.

Criteria

The criteria the district will use to evaluate proposals are as follows: 

  • Price of the eligible products and services 
  • Price of the ineligible services, products, and fees, including long-term cost to the district 
  • Prior experience with vendor 
  • Ability to meet district’s needs as described within the Form 470 and within the RFP 
  • Vendor’s reputation and quality of services/products
  • Flexible USAC invoicing: i.e. the ability to accommodate both Forms 472 or 474 

Site Surveys

Proposers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the existing sites and infrastructure, particularly for internal connections other than basic maintenance. 

Campus and central office visits: Please arrange campus visits by appointment with Charles Winkler at erate@woodcharter.com

The last day for site evaluations will be April 4, 2017. 

FAQ

Each Friday and on the deadline for questions we will update this page with a current list of vendor questions and the district's responses to ensure all interested respondents have access to the same information. 

If you have any questions, please contact Charles Winkler via e-mail.

The deadline for questions is April 6, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.