E-Rate News Flash 21-09

E-Rate
  Thursday, August 5, 2021

Issue 21-09

August 5, 2021

E-rate News Flash

Contents:

  • Announcements
  • Funding Commitment Summary
  • Pending Dates and Deadlines

Announcements

Friday, August 13, 2021, is Deadline to File Applications for the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a temporary federal funding program available to E-rate eligible schools. ECF program funds may reimburse schools for the purchase of internet service and laptops or tablets necessary for students and teachers to participate remote learning activities away from school. August 13, 2021, is the deadline to file applications for ECF funding for purchases made between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. More information may be found on the FCC’s website at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund. Recent updates on the FCC’s website include the following:

Emergency Connectivity Fund Training and Information

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the K12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) recently hosted three webinars on Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) outlining program requirements and best practices for preparing applications. Recordings and materials are posted on K12HSN’s website at https://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/ecf.

USAC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Website and Trainings

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which is the administrator of the ECF program, has a wealth of information on its Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) website and hosts a series of office hours to answer frequently asked questions. You may view the website here: https://www.emergencyconnectivityfund.org/ and sign up for and view office hours webinars here: https://www.emergencyconnectivityfund.org/training/live-sessions/. Schools are encouraged to sign up for USAC’s weekly ECF newsletter at this website: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6296809/emergency-connectivity-fund/.

California Funding Commitment Summary

E-rate Funding Year 2021

For Funding Year 2021, California applicants have successfully submitted 5,599 funding requests for $374 million. California applicants requested $231 million for Category 1 services and $144 million for Category 2 services. To date, USAC has committed $186 million for California applicants.

Pace of Commitments

The overall pace of commitments in terms of funding committed versus requested for California applicants in FY 2021 exceeds the same period in the previous year.

 

 

FY 2021 Status  as of 08/03/2021

 

Requested

Approved

 

Funding Requests

Funding Requested

Approved

Requests

% of Requested

Funding Approved

% of Requested

C1

3,724

$231.0 M

2,837

76%

$154.2 M

67%

C2

1,875

$143.7 M

655

35%

$32.5 M

23%

Total

5,599

$374.7 M

3,492

62%

$186.7 M

50%

 

 

 

Versus FY 2020 as of 08/03/2020

 

Requested

Approved

 

Funding Requests

Funding Requested

Approved Requests

% of Requested

Funding Approved

% of Requested

C1

4,177

$234.1 M

2,648

63%

$141.2 M

60%

C2

4,918

$137.4 M

875

18%

$16.3 M

12%

Total

9,095

$371.5 M

3,523

39%

$157.5 M

42%

 

E-rate Funding Year 2020

As of August 3, 2021, California applicants have successfully submitted 9,095 funding requests for $371 million. To date, USAC has committed $322 million for California applicants.

Pending Dates and Deadlines

E-rate deadlines may be viewed or calculated on the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) website at https://www.usac.org/sl/tools/deadlines/default.aspx.

FCC Form 486 Filing Reminder

The FCC Form 486 (Receipt of Service Confirmation and Children's Internet Protection Act Certification Form) notifies USAC that the billed entity and/or the eligible entities that it represents is receiving, or has received, service in the relevant funding year from the named service provider(s).

Funding Year 2020

FCC Form 486 must be filed 120 days from the date of the issuance of the Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) or the start date of E-rate eligible services, whichever is later.

Waves #

FCDL
Date

Form 486 Due Date

 
 

1-40

05/09/2020-03/31/2021

Deadline passed for services starting July 1, 2020

 

50

04/08/2021

08/06/2021

 

51

04/15/2021

08/13/2021

 

52

04/21/2021

08/19/2021

 

53

05/05/2021

09/02/2021

 

54

05/12/2021

09/09/2021

 

55

05/19/2021

09/16/2021

 

57

06/02/2021

09/30/2021

 

58

06/09/2021

10/07/2021

 

59

06/16/2021

10/14/2021

 

60

06/23/2021

10/21/2021

 

61

06/30/2021

10/28/2021

 

Funding Year 2019

For ongoing recurring services, starting on July 1, 2019, the following deadlines have passed or are approaching in the next few months.

Waves #

FCDL
Date

Form 486 Due Date

 
 

1-79

04/27/2019-
12/16/2020

Deadline passed for services starting 07/01/2019

 

86

04/07/2021

08/05/2021

 

87

04/28/2021

08/31/2021

 

89

06/30/2021

10/28/2021

 

90

07/23/2021

11/20/2021

 

 

Applicants missing these or earlier deadlines should closely monitor their News Feed in the E-rate Productivity Center for an FCC Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letter notification. This letter will allow the applicant a 15-day extension to submit an FCC Form 486 without penalty.