E-Rate News Flash, Issue 18-04

  Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Issue 18-04

March 29, 2018

E-rate News Flash


Funding Year 2018–19 Application Summary

California Schools and Libraries are to be commended for their diligent efforts in working with the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), especially during the last ten days of the filing window. California schools and libraries successfully requested the following in E-rate support:

Service Type

Number of Applications

Total Amount Requested

Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections



Data Transmission and/or Internet Access



Internal Connections



Managed Internal Broadband Services






Grand Total



Review FCC Form 471 to Ensure Current and Correct Information

The filing window for the 2018–19 E-rate funding year closed on March 22, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to review the FCC Form 471 to ensure that all information is current and up-to-date. If you find any information that should be corrected or updated, you can submit a Receipt Acknowledgment Letter (RAL) modification. See the March 23 edition of the Schools and Libraries Program (SLP) News Brief at https://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=822 for additional information.


A detailed list of the corrections that can be made as well as instructions for how to submit the corrections can be found in the SLP News Brief dated April 29, 2016 at https://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=686.

Program Integrity Assurance Review Process for the FCC Form 471

The SLD has started reviewing FCC Form 471 submittals for the 2018–19 E-rate funding year. This process is known as the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review. If, during the PIA review process, the reviewer has questions about the application, an e-mail will be sent to the contact person with a link to view the questions in the EPC.


It is important to note that a 15 day deadline is associated with each round of PIA questions. In order to ensure that you receive all communication in a timely manner applicants are advised to verify that the contact information in the EPC is current.


The May 19, 2017 SLP News Brief at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/preview.aspx?id=773, provides additional information related to:

·         PIA Notification of application questions.

·         Applicant response guidance and deadlines.

·         Options to request an extension.

Schools and Libraries Program Weekly News Briefs on E-rate


The SLP, commonly known as E-rate, provides timely information and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLP’s Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx .


You can subscribe to the California Department of Education (CDE) E-rate e-mail listserv by sending a "blank" message to join-cde-e-rate@mlist.cde.ca.gov. If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE E-rate listserv, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-cde-e-rate@mlist.cde.ca.gov. 


As always, we are here to help if you have questions or need support. Members of the CDE E-rate team are available to assist by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.

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