March 13, 2020
E-rate News Flash
Federal Communications Commission Extends Form 471 Deadline
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.
Recognizing that E-Rate applicants undergoing Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviews may not be able to respond to PIA requests in a timely manner, the FCC directed USAC to provide all applicants with an automatic,14-day extension for PIA requests.
The FCC will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether any additional extensions of these deadlines are needed. During this time, the FCC encourages all applicants to continue to monitor USAC’s webpage at https://www.usac.org/ and newsfeeds for relevant information. The FCC also encourages all applicants, to the extent practicable, to continue work on their applications and submit them as they are able, so that funding decisions can be made in a timely manner.