E-rate Newsflash - November 24, 2015

  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

E-rate Productivity Center

The Universal Services Administrative Company (USAC) and the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) have developed the online E-rate Productivity Center’s (EPC) portal to facilitate the E-rate application process beginning with the 2016–17 cycle. In order to participate in the E-rate program, all applicants must apply using the EPC portal. The SLD has produced video tutorials as an aid to establish your portal. To view these videos visit the SLD’s EPC Web page at:

The EPC portal provides more functionality to the end-user. One of the new functionalities is the ability to input a District’s County District School (CDS) number into the profile. Linking the CDS to the E-rate identification will assist with evaluation and analysis purposes at all levels. It is recommended that the entire CDS number be inserted into the State LEA Code field (see instructions below) with no spaces or dashes in the number. To access this field follow the steps outlined below:

·         From the “Landing Page” click on the district entity

·         The next screen provides details on the District, such as address, phone number, etc. In the upper right corner of the screen click on the ellipsis with the drop down menu. Select Manage Organization

·         Scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find the field entitled “State LEA Code”

·         Enter the CDS code according to the following format: ##############

Upcoming E-rate and California Teleconnect Fund Training 

The K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) is pleased to announce the Fall 2015 E-rate training dates available to all local educational agencies (LEAs), libraries and service providers in California. The training will be a full day-seminar covering the basics to advanced application of E-rate rules and guidelines. The training sessions will also be available via Webinar and video conferencing at various locations: 



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tulare County Office of Education

To register for one or more training sessions please visit the K–12 High Speed Network’s E-rate Web page at: http://www.k12hsn.org/programs/erate/trainings.php.

NOTE: All training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a 1–hour lunch break.

Frequently Asked Questions are being developed from these trainings and will be posted to the K12HSN’s Web page in the future.

Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant update

Schools and Districts that participated in the initial Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) process during the 2015–16 year can monitor the progress of the installation of those circuits by viewing the K–12 High Speed Network’s (K12HSN) Circuit Installation Update Web page at:

Schools and Districts that have already received a circuit funded by BIIG, or expect to receive a circuit by December 31, 2015, will be entering the next phase of the grant process referred to as the Supersedure process. The Supersedure process involves the School/District to assuming ownership of the contract. Most Schools or Districts moving on to this process have already been contacted by the K12HSN to begin the Supersedure process. For more information on this process please contact the K12HSN by e-mail at: biig@lists.k12hsn.org

Schools and Libraries Division Weekly News Briefs on E-rate

The SLD provides timely instruction and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLD’s Web page at: http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx.

If you have any questions, please contact the California Department of Education (CDE) Educational Data Management Division by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.