2019-2020 E-Rate FAQs

2019-2020 FAQs

Q1)      For clarification. Your request is 1 point-to-point (2 location) connection and 17 location non-fiber, asymmetrical cable request. Is that accurate? Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548
A1)      No, that is not accurate.  The point-to-point connection is currently under contract.  This request is for 17 locations that currently don’t have fiber; either because it was not available or not affordable. 
Posted: 01/11/2019; 1:45 PM
Q2)      The 17 location non-fiber, asymmetrical cable request, the speeds posted, 5Mbps, 10Mbps, 25Mpbs, 35Mbps, 50Mbps, 100Mbps, etc is this download or upload? Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548
A2)      Those are download.  To clarify, those are NOT the specific speeds we are requesting.  It is simply an example of how a bidder might list out the various standard offerings they have for download speeds with associated prices in their quote.  Please focus on “bidders to quote all standard offerings at and above 25Mbps (download) and specify corresponding up speeds”.  Your quote might look something like the following.  Use a format which logically conveys the price quotes following the requirements of the 470 and the RFP documents. Perhaps the Bid Location spreadsheet could be expanded to include your price quotes.
25x3    $1.00/month including 1 static IP address
100x5  $5.00/month including 1 static IP address
200x7  $10.00/month including 1 static IP address
Posted: 01/11/2019; 1:45 PM
Q3)      Since low latency is important would you accept fiber bids? Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548
A3)      No. Fiber bids will not be accepted for this 470.  There will be another 470 released soon which will request fiber.  We are looking to find the fastest speeds available to serve the needs of these schools without the high build-costs associated with traditional fiber.
Posted: 01/11/2019;  01/11/2019; 1:45 PM

Q4)         In regard to Form 470: 190014548 | RFP# 2019-101, are you just looking for internet connectivity at the data center or are they also looking for WAN connectivity at all 17 sites back to the data center listed in Appendix A?  Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548
A4)         Please see Question 1 and the answer posted 01/11/2019.  To further clarify, we are NOT looking for internet connectivity at the data center with this 470.  We are looking for Internet service at those sites which will allow us to connect back to the data center through our site to site VPN.
Posted:  01/23/2019; 2:45 PM

Q5)         Additionally, can you expand on what you are looking for on page 3 where it states, “Each bidder will provide information regarding personnel qualifications.”?  Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548
A5)         Please tell us what you want us to know about your support and installation staff and their qualifications.  Perhaps the size of the staff (number of employees), average years of experience, total years of experience, any applicable certifications they may have or in-house training that your company deems important in supporting your internet service.  Tell us about your network engineers.  There is not a particular definitive answer.  Rather, assure us of your company’s ability to professionally install and support the services requested.
Posted:  01/23/2019; 2:45 PM

Five Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 01/23/2019, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
See FAQ Section above for questions and answers.  Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548
Posted: 01/23/2019; 4:00 PM
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Q6)         Will each entity/location sign their own agreement or will it be through the CDOL?  Y22 Fiber Internet - RFP 2019-102 - 470# 190018804
A6)         Each school/location is financially responsible for their own Internet purchases and would sign their own agreement.  However, logistically CDOL will coordinate the 470 bidding and placing of the orders.  Then the school would sign their own agreement. 

 Posted: 01/28/2019;  3:30 PM

 Q7)         Is the RFP for the locations “All or Nothing” or are the locations A-la-carte? Y22 Fiber Internet - RFP 2019-102 - 470# 190018804
A7)         See answer 6.  Taking your questions 6 and 7 together, I presume you would call this A-la-carte.  One school, or three schools or all the schools might decide to purchase fiber based on their needs and the cost effectiveness of the bids.

 Posted: 01/28/2019; 3:30 PM

Q8)         For clarification, you are just looking for 50M, 100M and 1GB fiber internet bandwidth options? Y22 Fiber Internet - RFP 2019-102 - 470# 190018804
A8)         No, we are NOT just looking for 50M, 100M and 1G.  See section 5 of the RFP document. 
“Quote all standard available services from 50Mbps and faster…” “At a minimum, quote an entry level service (50M or less), 100M and 1G connection”.  It would be good to see some mid-level options between 100M and 1G… perhaps 300M and 500M. 
Posted: 02/07/2019; 3:20 PM

·        Three questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 02/07/2019, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
See FAQ Section above for questions and answers.  Y22-Fiber Internet - RFP 2019-102- 470# 190018804
Posted: 02/26/2019; 2:00 PM

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Q9)         How do I get a login for the EPC Portal?

A9)      You may begin by checking the “Service Provider Process” at https://www.usac.org/SL/ .  You may also call the E-Rate client Service Bureau Hotline at 1-888-203-8100.  Identify yourself as a Service provider.  Select Option 2 or Press Zero to speak with a representative. 

Posted: 02/26/2019; 2:00 PM

 

Q10)      Are you able to provide an update on the E-Rate RFP for 2019-102 Y22 Fiber Internet?

A10)       We are still in the process of reviewing the bids received.  The scoring with the bid evaluation matrix has not yet begun.  If fiber services are selected, the ISP(s) with the winning bid(s) will be contacted and we will work with them to complete a signed order or contract.  At this point, the initially requested March 6 deadline to sign an agreement may need to be extended.   

Posted:  4:15pm 03/04/2019

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Scoring has been completed and winners declared for “Y22-Fiber Internet - RFP 2019-102- 470# 190018804” and “Y22-Non-fiber Internet - RFP 2019-101 - 470# 190014548”.  Award notification letters have been sent to all service providers who submitted a bid.

 

Posted:  03/13/2019; 4:45 PM

For E-Rate Service Providers 2019-2020 (Year 22)

For E-Rate Service Providers 2019-2020

Welcome to all USAC E-Rate Service Providers for 2019-2020.  Please log into your EPC portal and search for the Diocese of Lincoln Schools 470s  Billed Entity #17000371 .

This page is your source for answers to bidder questions and other communication being disseminated publically to E-Rate Service Providers on behalf of The Diocese of Lincoln Schools.  We invite you to check back often, as additional information will be posted here on a regular basis.  This is also where all FAQs will be posted

The Diocese of Lincoln Schools is searching for all Internet Service Providers who can provide commercially available Internet Service according to the E-rate terms which describe “Exemption from Filing an FCC Form 470”. 

Commercially available business class Internet access services are exempt from the FCC Form 470 posting requirement if they cost $3,600 or less annually per entity (school or library), including any one-time costs such as installation; provide bandwidth speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream; and provide basic conduit access to the Internet at those required minimum speeds.
http://usac.org/sl/applicants/step01/default.aspx

Any vendor wishing to provide this information to the Diocese of Lincoln Schools, please download and complete this spreadsheet and be sure the cost includes one static IP address.  Jan2019 Commercially Available Business class internet- No-470 required-request.xlsx

Email the completed spreadsheet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your earliest opportunity.

CIPA Compliance

The schools within the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln have been CIPA (Children's Internet Protect Act) compliant since its inception in 2001.  This compliance means:

  • All schools will have appropriate use agreements for both students and faculties, reviewed and agreed to each school year. 
  • There is adult supervision of all use of the Internet by students. 
  • All students, K-12 will receive age appropriate instruction about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. 
  • All users on the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln school network will be filtered at an appropriate level (Students, Staff/Faculty and Administration). 

Posted: 01/08/2019; 3:00 PM

2018-2019 e-Rate FAQs

2018-2019 FAQs


Q1) On the RFP # 2018-004, 470 # 180026346, it lists Blessed Sacrament Elementary School as 2500 South 17th Street, Lincoln, NE but the Lincoln Diocese has the address of 1725 Lake St Lincoln NE 68502.Which one is correct?
A1) 1725 Lake Street is the correct address.
Posted 2/26/18 11:30am

Q2)  …”I was wondering if I could get a detailed drawing of your network for the RFP”  RFP 2018-004, 470 # 180026346.
A2)  Yes, a detailed drawing of the network is available by emailing Ken Pinkerton according to the details of the RFP before the RFP Question Deadline of 02/28/2018 4pm.  The drawing will be emailed to the bidder. 
Posted 2/26/18 4:45 pm

Q3)  “In looking over the # of sites and the pricing matrix that was provided for responses, are you only basing your decision off the results of the pricing matrix? Would the Diocese of Lincoln be interested in bundle pricing or are you just interested in a la carte pricing?”  RFP 2018-004, 470 # 180026346
A3) See Paragraph 5 “Evaluation Criteria” where the components for making our decision are spelled out.  According to E-Rate rules, price is the most heavily weighted factor in our matrix.  As for the second part of the questions, each of the schools of the Diocese of Lincoln Consortium is financially responsible for their own broadband purchases.  See Paragraph 17 “Quantity”.  Vendors should price out their services so that any quantity from one school to all schools could be purchased.
Posted 2/26/18 4:45 pm

Q4)  "In looking at your caching server 470, does each of your schools have their own ISP connection to the Internet?"
A4)    Yes.  They are all connected via VPN back to our data center where they hit the Websense content filter and to out to the Internet from there.   Caching Servers 2018 Diocese of Lincoln Schools 470# 180030983
Posted 3/21/18 8:00 am

No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 02/28/2018, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470s #: 180023838 Diocese of Lincoln Schools-  Cable Internet - Y21 Lincoln and surrounding areas.

Three Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 02/28/2018, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
See FAQ Section above for questions and answers.
    470s #: 180026346 Diocese of Lincoln Schools- Layer 2 Transport- All Schools- Y21 2018-2019

No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 02/22/2018, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470s #: 180024279 Diocese of Lincoln Schools- Fiber Internet - Y21 Lincoln and surrounding areas.

No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 02/21/2018, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470s #: 180023838 Diocese of Lincoln Schools- Cable Internet - Y21 Lincoln and surrounding areas.

For E-Rate Service Providers 2018-2019 (Year 21)

For E-Rate Service Providers 2018-2019

Welcome to all USAC E-Rate Service Providers for 2018-2019.  Please log into your EPC portal and search for the Diocese of Lincoln Schools 470s  Billed Entity #17000371 .

This page is your source for answers to bidder questions and other communication being disseminated publically to E-Rate Service Providers on behalf of The Diocese of Lincoln Schools.  We invite you to check back often as additional information will be posted here on a regular basis.

Entry 1- Posted:
Date: 02/07/2018
Time:9:15 am

The Diocese of Lincoln Schools is searching for all Internet Service Providers who can provide commercially available Internet Service according to the E-rate terms which describe “Exemption from Filing an FCC Form 470”. 

Commercially available business class Internet access services are exempt from the FCC Form 470 posting requirement if they cost $3,600 or less annually per entity (school or library), including any one-time costs such as installation; provide bandwidth speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream; and provide basic conduit access to the Internet at those required minimum speeds.
http://usac.org/sl/applicants/step01/default.aspx

Any vendor wishing to provide this information to the Diocese of Lincoln Schools, please download and complete this spreadsheet and be sure the cost includes one static IP address. spreadsheet Commercially Available Business class internet No 470 required request (14 KB)

Email the completed spreadsheet to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your earliest opportunity.

CIPA Compliance

The schools within the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln have been CIPA (Children's Internet Protect Act) compliant since its inception in 2001.  This compliance means:

  • All schools will have appropriate use agreements for both students and faculties, reviewed and agreed to each school year. 
  • There is adult supervision of all use of the Internet by students. 
  • All students, K-12 will receive age appropriate instruction about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response. 
  • All users on the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln school network will be filtered at an appropriate level (Students, Staff/Faculty and Administration). 

For E-Rate Service Providers 2017-2018

For E-Rate Service Providers 2017-2018

Welcome to all USAC E-Rate Service Providers for 2017-2018.  With the changes to the E-Rate Program, all RFPs are now attached to the Forms 470 in the EPC portal.  Please log into your EPC portal and search for the Diocese of Lincoln Schools 470s.

This page is your source for answers to bidder questions and other communication being disseminated publically to E-Rate Service Providers on behalf of The Diocese of Lincoln Schools.  We invite you to check back often as additional information will be posted here on a regular basis.

2017-2018 FAQs

Q1)    What time works best for you for a cloud demo to look at an alternate access point solution to Meraki?  RE: 470# 170077587- Diocese of Lincoln Schools- Wi-Fi- Y20 2017-2018.
A1)    See Disqualifications item #1- "...bidders must demonstrate full compatibility with Meraki Cloud Controller- bid award contingent on proof of compatibility."  If your product is fully compatible with Meraki Cloud Controller, submit a 470 bid response.
Posted: 04/04/2017, 9:45 am

Q2)         Who can we schedule walkthroughs with for both of these schools?  RE: 470# 170078011, RFP #2017-203 CAT 6 Cabling
A2)         Please call the local school and schedule the walkthroughs with the principals.  Sister Anne Joelle is the principal at St. Teresa School.  Laura Knaus is the principal at Sacred Heart school.  These schools have various schedules for Easter Break.  Please call the schools directly to schedule a walk-through.  I will try to attend if you let me know when they are scheduled and if my schedule allows.
Posted: 04/19/2017, 1:00 pm

1 Question was received by the RFP Question Deadline of 04/17/2017, 4:00 PM and was answered.  Questions now closed.
    470 #: 170078011-  Diocese of Lincoln Schools CAT 6 Cabling Y20 2017-2018

No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 04/14/2017, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470s #: 170077575, 170077587- Diocese of Lincoln Schools Switch and Firewall Y20 - 2017-2018, Diocese of Lincoln Schools Wi-Fi -Y20 2017-2018

No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 04/11/2017, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470 #: 170076187- Local Phone Lines Y20.

No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 03/28/2017, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470s #:170072651, 170072865- Fiber Internet, Layer 2 Transport Y20


No Questions were received by the RFP Question Deadline of 03/26/2017, 4:00 PM- Questions now closed.
    470s #: 170072218, 170072259- Cable Internet and DSL Internet Y20.

For E-Rate Service Providers 2016-2017

 

Welcome to all USAC E-Rate Service Providers for 2016-2017.  With the changes to the E-Rate Program, all RFPs are now attached to the Forms 470 in the EPC portal.  Please log into your EPC portal and search for the Diocese of Lincoln Schools 470s.

This page is your source for answers to bidder questions and other communication being disseminated publically to E-rate Service Providers on behalf of The Diocese of Lincoln Schools.  We invite you to check back often as additional information will be posted here on a regular basis.

 

2016-2017 FAQs

 

Q1)      What is the E-rate percentage discount that the Diocese of Lincoln Schools receives from E-rate?
A1)       Last year, Diocese of Lincoln Schools received a 50% discount.  This year is yet to be officially determined.
Posted: 02/25/2016, 8:15 am

Q2)         Did the Diocese of Lincoln Schools just issue three 470s?
A2)         So far, that is correct.  Continue to check the EPC portal on a regular basis; more 470s will be posted.
Posted: 02/25/2016, 8:15 am

Q3)         In looking at the 470’s for Cable Internet 1 and Cable Internet 2, I noticed that the topology of your network has changed from a fiber based network (last year’s 470) to a Public Internet/VLAN with firewalls at each location topology. Why the change in direction?
A3)         The 470 is the place to invite options for consideration.  The topology has not changed.  A more detailed diagram of the network topology is available by email request.  We posted several 470s last year and more will be forthcoming this year.  Please continue to watch the EPC Portal or “Follow” The Diocese of Lincoln Schools in EPC.
Posted: Posted: 02/25/2016, 8:15 am

Q4)         Will you be taking bids separately for any network cabling needed for the new access points? If so, do you have any walk-throughs scheduled at the schools?
A4)         We will post a 470 for network cabling if we can get to it.  Please continue to watch the EPC portal on a regular basis for any additional 470s which may be posted.  We have not scheduled any walk-throughs at this time.  There are 10 schools in 7 different towns across southern Nebraska.  We will address that if/when a cabling 470 is posted.
Posted 3/18/16 8:15 am

Q5) On the RFP # 2016-105, 470 # 160031088, it lists Blessed Sacrament Elementary School as 2500 South 17th Street, Lincoln, NE but the Lincoln Diocese has the address of 1725 Lake St Lincoln NE 68502.Which one is correct?
A5) 1725 Lake Street is the correct address.        
Posted 3/21/16 3:30 PM

 Q6) For the firewalls, what throughput did you need to support? I noticed that you are looking for the 5545, 5516 and 8x5506 and just wanted a better understanding of where these would be located and the throughput they would have to support.  
A6) These are for various locations which have different throughput needs.  For the 5545 we are looking to support a minimum of 1Gbps throughput with the ability to scale up to 2Gbps, but at the same time need to be able to support a minimum of 350Mbps 3DES throughput.  For the 5516 we are looking to support up to 1Gbps with at least 200Mbps 3DES throughput.  For the 5506 locations, we are looking to support up to 500Mbps with 3DES VPN throughput of 100Mbps.

Posted 3/24/16 3:00 PM

Q7) Did you need firepower services on these firewalls to support intrusion prevention, URL filtering and/or Advanced Malware protection?
A7) No

Posted 3/24/16 3:00 PM

Q8) The Anyconnect licenses, I assumed that you wanted to see the price difference between the 1, 3 and 5 years. Please note that with the Anyconnect 4.x model, it is now licensed based on total unique users not total concurrent users.
A8) Yes, we’d like to see the price difference between 1, 3, and 5 years and are aware of the AnyConnect 4.x licensing model changes.

Posted 3/24/16 3:00 PM

Q9) For the switches, the ones selected only have the license for layer 2. Did you need to support layer 3?
A9) No
Posted 3/24/16 3:00 PM


Q10) If only layer 2, we could look at our 2960X series which is a layer 2 switch that also supports static routing and intervlan routing.
A10) We chose the 3560X because that is our current standard and we currently have almost 90 of them in production.  Why would you suggest the 2960X over the 3560X?

Posted 3/24/16 3:00 PM

Q11) For the router, what throughput do you need to support and what kind of connection will be given to you by the internet service provider? 
A11) The connections will be various flavors of DSL such as ADSL, ADSL2, VDSL, etc.  We need to support up to 24Mbps.
Posted 3/24/16 3:00 PM

Q12)  RE: RFP# 2016-203 cat 6 cabling- Do you have any site surveys scheduled for the larger schools on this list?
A12)  Each vendor may contact the school directly and ask for the principal to schedule a site survey.  Please inform me via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of any / all scheduled site surveys.  Please do not ask local school personnel questions pertaining to the design or installation of Wi-Fi or cabling.  They are not involved in the planning and Fair and Open Bidding E-rate practices must be maintained.  All questions arising from site visits should follow this same procedure and answers will be posted on this website.
Posted 3/30/16 11:00 AM

 

For E-Rate Service Providers - 2015 RFPs

Welcome to all  USAC E-Rate Service Providers for 2015-2016! This page is your source for RFPs, answers to bidder questions and other communication being disseminated publically to E-rate Service Providers on behalf of the Diocese of Lincoln Schools.  We invite you to check back often as additional information will be posted here on a regular basis.

2015 RFPs

 

RFP#: pdf RFP CDEO150210A (672 KB)

    Posted: 2/10/2015 12:45pm

    Accompanying 470#: 158370001322467

 

RFP#: pdf RFP CDEO150210B (688 KB)

    Posted: 2/10/2015 4:45pm

    Accompanying 470: 792520001323926

 

RFP#: pdf RFP CDEO150210C (679 KB)

   Posted:  2/11/2015 8:15am

   Accompanying 470: 879610001324271

 

RFP#  pdf RFP CDEO150212A (722 KB)

   Posted 2/12/2015 4:15 pm      

   Accompanying 470: 863120001326573

RFP#  pdf RFP CDEO150213A (732 KB)     

    Posted 2/17/2015 2:45 pm

    Accompanying 470: 480920001327716

   Note:Upon a recent review, I noticed a clerical error on RFP CDEO150213A in Appendix A- the Lourdes High School Fiber request (470 480920001327716) .  The fiber circuit requested should be for the high school located at 412 Second Ave Nebraska City NE 68410.  The RFP inadvertently listed the grade school and its address as the requested location of the circuit.  Please update your bid to reflect the correct location at the high school.

 

RFP# pdf RFP CDEO150217A (749 KB)

   Posted:  2/18/2015 1:30pm

   Accompanying 470: 912610001330680

 

 

 

 

E-rate FAQ

FAQ

470 #: 445040001328180

   Q - Are you open to Hosted PBX VoIP Solution?

   A - No.  We already have an on-premise VoIP solution installed in the majority of our schools.

 

Form 470 # 576910001328298

   Q - Is this for Falls City or Lincoln?

   A - Falls City.

 

Delivery of RFPs

Q- Can you tell us how you wish to have the RFP’s delivered to you (electronically or via binders in the mail)? 

A- Electronic delivery of the RFPs is preferred, but mail/courier delivery of binders is acceptable as well.


Q-  Is there any way you can provide the RFP files as Word Documents? It would be very helpful for us when we are drafting the response.

A- Yes, they are available upon request.

 

Nebraska City

Q- Just wanting to make sure that we are bidding on everything in NE City.  Are you looking for fiber to both NE City locations or just the High School?

A- On 470 480920001327716 , the bid is only for the High School.  There is another 470,912610001330680,  which requests bids for fiber to all the schools in the diocese. 

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