|SLD and FCC E-rate procedures require applicants to select the most
cost-effective service provider through an open, fair, competitive bidding
process — and to be able to document this selection process.
SLD Form 470 Reminders on the SLD web site.
Recent Selective Reviews of Form 471 applications by the SLD have required
applicants to indicate the number of bids they received "for ALL funding
requests (Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, and Internal
Connections), including month to month and tariff services," and to provide
copies of ALL bids received.
|When applicants use a formal RFP process to solicit vendor bids, documentation
of responses is normally a standard part of the process. When service
requirements are simply listed in the Form 470 itself, additional care must be
taken to log vendor responses.
The "Responses" worksheet (see download links below) is designed to help
applicants log each vendor response to their Form 470s. Note that services
being received from an existing vendor can be considered a bid and should be
logged as such.
Copies of all bids received (winning or losing) should be retained for