E-Rate Newsflash - September 27, 2016

  Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Eligible Services List

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the Fund Year 2017 Eligible Services List (ESL). The list can be found on the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Web page at http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0912/DA-16-1023A1.pdf.

E-rate applicants are encouraged to be thoroughly familiar with the ESL. The ESL is the foundation that each applicant will use to make educated decisions on what services and/or products qualify for E-rate funding.

Funding Commitment Decision Letter

The Schools and Libraries Program (SLP) is now generating the Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL), and all other E-rate related notifications for FY 2016 and forward, through the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). Notifications will no longer be mailed to the applicants. 

Instructions on how to access your FCDL can be found on the SLP’s Training and Outreach Web page at http://usac.org/sl/about/outreach/videos/FCC-Form-471-Funding-Commitment-Decision-Letter-series.aspx.

It has been noted that changes to the expected funding have occurred after the Program Integrity Review (PIA) process has concluded. The Local Education Agency (LEA) should carefully read the FCDL and compare it to the original FCC Form 471 and to the PIA process in order to determine if the level of funding is correct. Errors in the FCDL are corrected by filing an appeal to USAC within 60 days of the date of the FCDL. Instructions on how to file an appeal can be found on USAC’s Appeals and Audits Web page at http://usac.org/about/about/program-integrity/appeals.aspx.

Upcoming E-rate and California Teleconnect Fund Training 

The K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) is pleased to announce the Fall 2016 E-rate training dates available to all LEAs, libraries and service providers in California. K12HSN is offering two types of trainings. Please visit the K12HSN E-rate Web page to register for trainings: http://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/trainings.

E-rate Primer: webinar only

These two hour sessions are designed to provide a high level overview of the E-rate program. The suggested audience are those new to the E-rate program or those wanting a refresher prior to entering into the 2017–18 funding cycle.




November 1, 2016

10:00 a.m. - noon

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

November 2, 2016

10:00 a.m. - noon

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

November 3, 2016

10:00 a.m. - noon

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


E-Rate Workshops Face to Face Training Session Dates and Locations

These sessions will include hands on activities in the new E-rate Productivity Center portal. These will be full day workshops covering the basics to advanced application of E-rate rules and guidelines. Those attending via webinar will enjoy a view of the hands on activity as well as step by step instruction to guide them through the activities.


Location – Face to Face

November 15, 2016

Santa Clara County Office of Education

January 12, 2017

Yolo County Office of Education

January 17, 2017

Tulare County Office of Education

January 19, 2017

San Diego County Office of Education

NOTE: All face to face training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a 1-hour period for lunch. Refreshments will be provided for the morning and afternoon sessions.

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/resources/erate/trainings.

Trainings offered by USAC

USAC is offering training in various locations across the county. LEAs are encouraged to attend one of these trainings, if possible. Attending the USAC training will further aid LEAs in navigating the changes to the E-rate program this year as well as provide an opportunity for LEAs to formulate questions for the California context.

To learn more about the USAC trainings, please visit the Schools and Libraries Training and Outreach Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/default.aspx.

Schools and Libraries Division Weekly News Briefs on E-rate

The Schools and Libraries Division (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.