News

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Order at https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-acts-speed-deployment-wi-fi-schools-and-libraries outlining the rules for a permanent Category Two funding mechanism for eligible schools and libraries. Category Two services enable the distribution of a broadband signal on a school’s campus, commonly known as “WiFi.”

  • E-Rate
    Monday, November 11, 2019
    The K12 High Speed Network has two new resources to assist schools in learning E-rate program requirements and completing the annual application and funding process. The E-Rate Training Roadmap and Resource Guide at https://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/training will assist schools through each step of the E-rate funding process from start to finish and provides links to additional training resources, including webinars, guides, and videos published by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), California Department of Education (CDE), and K12HSN.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    As of October 11, 2019, 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.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, September 27, 2019
    The deadline for delivery and installation of non-recurring services such as Category One broadband installation and Category Two Internal Connections is generally September 30, following the close of the funding year. Applicants with funding requests that contain non-recurring products or services that have not yet been delivered or installed must start working now on filing the FCC Form 500 to request USAC to extend the service delivery deadline and report extended contract end dates.

  • E-Rate
    Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    On August 2, 2019, the FCC released (DA 19-738) seeking comment on the proposed eligible services list (ESL) for the E-Rate program for funding year 2020.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    The July 24, 2019, E-rate News Flash contained information regarding the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on continuing E-rate Category Two budgets. Interested parties are encouraged to file comments in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) under proceeding 13-184 by August 16, 2019, and reply comments by September 3, 2019. Parties may also view posted comments in EFCS by doing a search in ECFS under proceeding number 13-184.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated the five-year Category Two budget test program which established a per student/per school five-year funding allocation to help schools purchase equipment and services necessary to distribute the Internet on a school campus, commonly known as internal connections or WiFi.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, June 28, 2019
    USAC has announced the USAC annual fall applicant trainings. The two-day sessions, available to attendees free of charge, start with an optional half-day afternoon session targeted to beginners followed by a full-day training that includes separate breakout sessions for beginners and for more advanced users.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, May 31, 2019
    The Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviewers are working diligently to keep the application review process moving quickly in an effort to fund as many applications as possible prior to September 1, 2019. It is important to be aware of the option to place the review of your FCC Form 471 on hold using the summer deferral option since we are now nearing the time of year when many schools will have limited personnel available.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, May 17, 2019
    The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) issued the first wave of funding commitments for Funding Year 2019 on April 27, 2019. In the first wave, USAC approved 1,675 funding requests for over 1,000 of California’s school and library applicants, for a total of 14% of all funding requested in California.