News

  • E-Rate
    Monday, March 15, 2021
    The FCC Form 471 filing deadline for Funding Year 2021 closes on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:59 p.m. PDT. All applicants who are seeking E-rate funding for eligible services delivered between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, must file their annual FCC Form 471 funding requests in USAC’s E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) online portal by the March 25 deadline.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, February 5, 2021
    On February 1, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice requesting comment on multiple petitions filed on behalf of E-rate stakeholders to temporarily allow for use of E-rate funded services to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. In their petitions, stakeholders requested that the FCC extend the definition of ‘classrooms’ to include any locations off of a school’s campus where students and teachers participate in remote learning.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has announced the Funding Year 2021 E-rate application filing window. Schools that wish to request E-rate funding for services received from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 must submit an FCC Form 471 application in USAC’s E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) between January 15, 2021 and March 25, 2021. Applicants have until January 13, 2021 to update their school profiles in EPC after which they will be locked for the duration of the FCC Form 471 filing window.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, December 9, 2020
    On November 30, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the final version of the Eligible Services List (ESL) for Funding Year (FY) 2021. There were no changes to the types or classifications of eligible services from FY 2020. The FCC made minor clarifications, including the following: 1.) Acknowledging the change to District or Library system-wide Category 2 budgets starting in FY 2021; and 2.) Noting equipment or services produced or provided by companies deemed as national security threats are not eligible for E-rate discounts. The FCC also reminds applicants that off-campus use of eligible services, even if used for an educational purpose, is generally ineligible for support.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, November 13, 2020
    As of October 19, 2020, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has opened the Administrative Window for updating entity profile information in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) portal. Profile information includes an entity’s classification, address, enrollment, National School Lunch Program information, and Urban/Rural status and is the basis of the discount calculation in the FCC Forms 471. USAC provides this courtesy update window each fall prior to the opening of the annual FCC Form 471 filing window. Applicants should carefully monitor and/or update their entity profiles from now until early next year at which time USAC will lock the data in EPC until the FCC Form 471 application window closes. There are some changes in the school district and school profile sections in EPC for Funding Year 2021.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    As mentioned in our previous News Flash, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the opening of a second Funding Year (FY) 2020 filing window to allow schools to request additional E-rate funding specifically to address increased on-campus bandwidth needs due to COVID-19. In its last three Schools and Libraries News Briefs, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has provided guidance and answered frequently asked questions about the second FY2020 application window.

  • E-Rate
    Tuesday, September 8, 2020
    With the support of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, the California K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) and Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) are pleased to invite all California local educational agencies (LEAs), including county offices of education, school districts and charter schools to join other California Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in the statewide E-rate consortium led by CENIC. Annually, this consortium pursues E-rate discount funding for its connections to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) which provides statewide Internet access for public K-12 schools.

  • E-Rate
    Monday, August 24, 2020
    On August 13, 2020, USAC deployed a new Category 2 Budget Tool for Funding Years 2021-2025.  The tool is designed to provide applicants a forecast of their Category 2 Budgets for the upcoming Category 2 budget period. Applicants will need their Billed Entity Name or Billed Entity Number (BEN) to filter the budget information.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, August 12, 2020
    On July 21, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released for public comment the Funding Year (FY) 2021 draft Eligible Services List (ESL). In terms of specific services eligible for E-rate support, there are no changes from the FY 2020 ESL. However, the Commission did include the recently codified requirement from the 2019 Protecting Against National Security Threats Order: E-rate funds may not be used to purchase, obtain, maintain, improve, modify, or otherwise support equipment or services produced or provided by any covered companies designated by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), as well as their parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries. This restriction currently applies to Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corporation. More information may be found at the FCC’s E-rate website at https://www.fcc.gov/general/e-rate-schools-libraries-usf-program#block-menu-block-4 under the Daily Releases section. The deadline to file comments is August 20, 2020, and to file reply comments is September 4, 2020.

  • E-Rate
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    An annual survey is being conducted which asks schools and libraries to contribute their opinions on and experiences with the E-rate application process. The survey results will be tabulated and shared with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the public this summer. The survey is available at this link and is available through July 3, 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/erate20.