A service provider which could be chosen to provide E-rate discounted services may not provide any assistance to the applicant in the preparation, posting, or certification of the FCC Form 470. A vendor that supplies an applicant with a Form 470 template with suggested language to use on the Form 470 would also be considered to be violation of this requirement.

Throughout the E-rate FCC Form 470 and competitive bidding process, service providers involvement is  limited to responding to a posted FCC Form 470.