E-rate News

FY2018 Application Window Now Open

1/11/18 – It’s opening day! The 2018 funding year Form 471 application filing window opened today at 12:00 noon EST.  With the window scheduled to close Thursday, March 22nd, eligible entities have 70 days from today’s date to file their Form 471’s requesting E-Rate funding on eligible services.

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FY2018 Application Window Announced

On December 14th, USAC announced that the Funding Year 2018 Form 471 Application Window will open on Thursday, January 11th, and close on Thursday, March 22nd.  In addition to these key dates, it is important to know EPC Profiles will be locked as of January 10th; so all entity updates and enrollment data must be […]

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FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau Issues Public Notice on Category Two Budgets: Seeks Comments

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice seeking comment on whether the five year, $150 per-student (schools), and $2.30 or $5.00 per-square foot (library) budgets established for E-rate Category Two funding, are sufficient.  The five year category two budget guidelines were set forth in the 2014 Second E-rate Modernization Order. The Public Notice encourages E-rate […]

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E-rate Deadline Adjustments for Hurricane-Affected Areas

For those E-rate applicants located in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and covered by federal disaster declarations, the following changes are already in place. Applicants in the affected areas will have an additional 30 days to respond to the following: • Pending Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) questions about their FCC Forms 471 that […]

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USF Funds to be Transferred to the Department of Treasury

USAC has announced: “In coordination with the FCC, USAC is formulating the plan to transfer the funds of the Universal Service Fund (USF) to the U.S. Department of Treasury. The USF funds are currently held at a third party banking institution…” “While no action is required by any USF program participants at this time, USAC […]

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Rosenworcel and Carr Voted onto the Federal Communications Commission

On August 3rd, the United States Senate voted to confirm Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Brendan Carr to the Federal Communications Commission.  The commission is now at full force with five members. Jessica Rosenworcel served as commissioner during the prior administration, and still, says she’s ‘committed to strengthening the program to the extent that is […]

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FCC Chairman Pai Expresses Concerns

FCC Chairman Pai recently expressed concern over the current administration of the E-rate program.  In a letter to (former) USAC CEO, Chris Henderson, Pai itemized inefficiencies in USAC’s management and stated that the “current state of affairs is unacceptable.” The primary focus of Chairman Pai’s criticism was USAC’s roll-out of the online E-Rate Productivity Center […]

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FY2017 Funding Waves Released

The first funding wave of 2017 was released May 26th.  Eight waves have been released thus far.  As of July 21st, commitments total over $538 million in both Category One and Two services.

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WCB Announces FY2017 Cap

The Wireline Competition Bureau has announced that the funding year 2017 E-rate program cap will be $3,939,000,000.  The new cap represents a 1.3% inflation-adjusted increase from funding year 2016.  

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