E-Rate applicants must enforce a policy of Internet safety and certify compliance with the purpose of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to be eligible for E-Rate discounts for services other than basic telephone service. Each year UEN is required to collect an E-Rate Form 479 from every school district and consortium member on file in order to remain CIPA compliant.
Please print the CIPA form below, filling out pages one and two.
For first year E-Rate filers only: If this is your first E-Rate filing year, and you have not yet met all of the CIPA requirements, please check box 6.b., indicating that you are undertaking actions to comply with the requirements of CIPA for the next funding year. Please refer to the USAC's website for detailed CIPA compliance measures. In addition, we have a handy CIPA Policy Compliance Checklist below for your convenience.
If you are beyond your first E-Rate filing year, and you have met all of the CIPA requirements (see CIPA Policy Compliance Checklist below) check box 6. a. on page two.
Please be sure to sign and date your CIPA form. You may send your CIPA form via email, fax or traditional postal service mail to:
E-rate Program Administrator
Utah Education Network
101 Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-581-6539 - Phone
801-581-8904 - Fax
E-Rate applicants must retain documentation that shows the applicant’s CIPA Internet Safety Policy was in place by July 1, 2012. In the case of a new school, district, or library, compliance with the CIPA Internet Safety Policy would need to be in place at the end of the first year of E-Rate participation for your entity.
Retain a copy of the Internet safety policy for at least 5 years after the last day of the funding year in which the policy was relied upon to obtain E-Rate funding.
Please keep in mind that CIPA policies should not include detailed procedures describing how you comply with policy. Whatever is written in policy becomes an auditable item for which you will be held accountable. If the above items are included in documented policy, you have complied with the CIPA Policy rules.
An excellent discussion of the differences between policy and procedures and links to example AUP's is posted on the CoSN web site.
Schools must certify, as part of their Internet safety policy, they are educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including cyberbullying awareness and response and interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms.
Schools can comply with the E-Rate educational requirements of CIPA as stated in the above paragraph by doing one of the following:
If you have questions or need assistance regarding the “Education” component of the CIPA requirements, please contact Rick Cline of the Utah Education Network.
Visit the FCC's Children's Internet Protection Act web page to learn more about the additional protections for children using the Internet that Congress recently enacted.