News

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
    Federal Communications Commission to Fully Fund 2020 Applications On July 6, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that there is sufficient funding to fund all eligible Funding Year (FY) 2020 applications for Category One and Category Two services. The FY 2020 funding cap is $4.23 billion with an additional $500 million in unused rollover funds from previous years. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) estimates the total demand for FY 2020 is $2.91 billion, which includes $1.74 billion for Category One services and $1.17 billion for Category Two services. More information may be found at the FCC’s E-rate website at https://www.fcc.gov/general/e-rate-schools-libraries-usf-program#block-menu-block-4 under the Daily Releases section.

  • E-Rate
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    An annual survey is being conducted which asks schools and libraries to contribute their opinions on and experiences with the E-rate application process. The survey results will be tabulated and shared with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the public this summer. The survey is available at this link and is available through July 3, 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/erate20.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, May 8, 2020
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 471 filing window for Funding Year 2020 closed on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (8:59 p.m. PDT).

  • E-Rate
    Thursday, April 16, 2020
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has initiated multiple response measures to support our nation’s schools in their response to Novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • E-Rate
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has initiated multiple response measures in the last week to support our nation’s schools in their response to Novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • E-Rate
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    To minimize potential disruptions caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to extend the deadline for E-Rate applicants to submit their Funding Year (FY) 2020 FCC Form 471 applications by an additional 35 days. E-Rate applicants will now have until Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 8:59 p.m. PDT to submit their FY2020 FCC Form 471 applications.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    As of March 9, 2020, 987 FCC Forms 471 have been certified with an associated 1,777 individual funding requests. Approximately 26% of funding requests filed for California applicants are in Application Wave Ready or Final Review status. As mentioned in our previous News Flash, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is actively reviewing these applications now in Program Integrity Assurance Review (PIA). Applicants have 15 days to respond to USAC’s questions. Questions are submitted to the FCC Form 471 contact via e-mail and must be responded to in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) by the 15-day deadline. Applicants may request a seven-day extension in order to respond to USAC’s request for information.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, February 28, 2020
    As of February 26, 2020, 669 FCC Forms 471 have been certified with an associated 1,148 individual funding requests. Approximately 38% of funding requests filed for California applicants are in Application Wave Ready or Final Review status. As mentioned in our previous News Flash, USAC is actively reviewing these applications now in Program Integrity Assurance Review (PIA). Applicants have 15 days to respond to USAC’s questions. Questions are submitted to the FCC Form 471 contact via e-mail and must be responded to in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) by the 15-day deadline. Applicants may request a seven-day extension in order to respond to USAC’s request for information. It is important to monitor PIA review status as failure to respond may result in funding denial. Applicants with 15-day Expired Notifications will receive individual outreach from the California State E-rate Support Team.

  • E-Rate
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    FCC Eliminates Requirement to Amortize Funding Requests for Installation/Special Construction Charges Exceeding $500,000 In order to promote adoption of high-speed broadband connectivity, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC has) now permanently eliminated the requirement to amortize funding requests for Category One non-recurring installation and special construction for costs exceeding $500,000. This will help schools that need to pay significant up-front charges to bring broadband to their schools, allowing them to request funding on the full charge in the first year of the contract. The full text of FCC 20-3 can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-eliminates-e-rate-amortization-requirement.

  • E-Rate
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    E-rate competitive bidding rules require that a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 470 be posted for a minimum of 28 days before filing an associated FCC Form 471 funding request. The E-rate applicant must also follow all E-rate competitive bidding rules. Note that the last date to file an FCC Form 470 and meet the minimum 28-day requirement, and also meet the FCC Form 471 filing deadline of March 25, would be February 26, 2020. It’s important to note, however, that compliance with E-rate competitive bidding requirements, as well as the time necessary to complete an FCC Form 471, make it unrealistic for most applicants to file their FCC Forms 470 on February 26th. Best practices are for applicants to plan for a 30-60 day competitive bidding cycle to allow for unexpected changes, review bids received, and award contracts. If you have not yet posted your FCC Form 470 for Funding Year 2020, and expect that you will need to do so, do not delay. More information on FCC Form 470 and competitive bidding best practices is available on the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) Webinars web page at https://www.usac.org/e-rate/learn/webinars/.