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9/3/2015Webinar: Introducing EPC, the E-rate Productivity Center


Join USAC for a webinar about the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), the new portal to manage your Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program activity.

Register Here: Introducing EPC, the E-rate Productivity Center
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

EPC will become the primary channel for applicants, service providers, and consultants to file program forms, ask questions, and manage their information starting now in preparation for the Funding Year (FY) 2016 application cycle.

Presentation Topics
During the webinar, we will provide an introduction to the portal. Discussion topics include:

  • Advantages of using the E-rate Productivity Center
  • How to activate your account and log in
  • A walkthrough of the user interface
  • How to assign permissions to other users
  • Where to find information and specific guidance on the USAC website

About the E-rate Productivity Center
The E-rate Productivity Center is the account and application management portal for the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program.
To learn more about EPC, log in, access user guides, and view video tutorials, visit the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) page of the USAC website. Additional information is available through the Weekly News Brief (view the newsletter on our website and select the topic "EPC"). 

8/28/2015News Brief Issued


The 08/28/2015 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

8/20/2015Apply Online Outage Due to System Maintenance: Friday, August 21


The Schools and Libraries Program's Apply Online page, including Submit a Question, online forms, and most search tools will be unavailable from 2:00-11:59 PM EDT Friday, August 21, for system maintenance. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain forms online. We apologize for any inconvenience. The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this outage.

7/21/2015Special Edition News Brief - USAC Undertakes Data Cleanup Effort


The 07/21/2015 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

7/17/2015Download FCC Form 470 Information Now Available for FY2016


The Download 470 Information for FCC Forms 470 filed in FY2016 is now available on the Search Tools page of the website. This report package will download to your computer as a compressed (.zip) file of four Excel documents (Consulting Information data, Consortia Information data, Organization Information data, and FCC Form 470 data). You will see that each file is in a pipe-delimited format. For more information about how to read these files and understand what data is being provided, read the Summary of Information Provided.   

7/7/2015Special Edition News Brief - EPC Update: Adding a Consultant to an Applicant's Account


The 07/06/2015 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

7/6/2015View Posted FCC Forms 470 for FY2016


Posting of an applicant's FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) initiates the required competitive bidding process. FCC Forms 470 that have been submitted for Funding Year 2016 are now available on the View an FCC Form 470 (FY2016) page. On this page you will find the FCC Form 470 as well as any additional documentation submitted with the form, such as a request for proposal (RFP) or other supporting documentation.

If you log into the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), you can view this same information with the added benefit of multiple filter and search capabilities. A tool that will allow this advanced functionally on the public website is currently under development as well. Stay tuned for additional information regarding that upgrade!

7/2/2015Special Edition News Brief - EPC Update: FY2016 FCC Form 470 Now Available


The 07/02/2015 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

7/2/2015Setting Up Account Administrators for E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Accounts


USAC is creating your organization's E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) account. The person who signed and certified the FY2015 FCC Form 471 will be the account administrator. For consulting organizations, the head of your consulting organization will be the account administrator.


What You Need To Do:


If you are the Authorized Person listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471
Follow the instructions in USAC's Account Creation email (sent to you from admin@portal.usac.org). After you log in to the account as the account administrator,* you can then designate another employee at your organization to be the account administrator if you wish to do so. If you did not receive the Account Creation email, call our Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.

If you are the Contact Person listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471
Ask the authorized person to set up your account. The authorized person must follow the instructions in USAC's Account Creation email (sent from admin@portal.usac.org). After the authorized person logs in to the account as the account administrator, he or she can then set you up as a user.

If you are the Consultant listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471 
Your account administrator can grant you full, partial, or view-only rights to the information for your consulting information in the EPC. Contact your account administrator for more details.

*Consultants cannot be an account administrator for an applicant, even if they signed and certified the applicant's form. However, once a school or library account administrator has associated itself with your consulting organization, he or she can grant you rights to access the information in the school's or library's account.

Need Assistance?
If you have any questions, you can visit the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) page on the USAC website or call our Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.

6/26/2015Special Edition News Brief - EPC Update


The 06/26/2015 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

6/26/2015Introducing the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC)


We are ready to introduce you to the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), which is now live.    

EPC is the account and application management portal for the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. This system will eventually be the point of entry for all applicant, service provider, or consultant transactions. EPC will be where program participants complete and certify forms, obtain the status of their applications, submit requests, receive timely reminders and notifications, respond to PIA review questions, and ask program-related questions.    

To get started, learn more about this new system on the EPC webpage. Here you'll find links to instructional videos, user guides, a glossary of terms, and more. As the system grows, we'll add more resources to this page to assist you along the way. 

Stay tuned for a series of News Briefs that will provide a full range of details regarding what you will need to do, when you need to do it, and how to do it. If you are not yet subscribed to receive the News Brief, the weekly digital newsletter for the E-rate Program, subscribe now!

  

6/25/2015Special Edition News Brief - New E-rate Program IT System Is Coming!


The 06/24/2015 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

6/3/2015Materials from the Service Provider Trainings


Resources from the E-rate Program Service Provider trainings, including the agenda, presentations, and more, are available in the Event Archive section of our website. Also take a look at the E-rate Modernization Order section of our website for additional relevant resources.

6/2/2015FCC Conducts Fiber Build Workshop


On May 20, the FCC conducted an E-rate Fiber Build Workshop that provided E-rate Program applicants, providers, and state and local policy makers with information and tools for planning fiber build projects under the new E-rate Program rules, with a focus on issues applicants need to consider in order to choose the most cost-effective plans for deploying fiber.

An agenda, speaker biographies, and a recording of the workshop are available on the E-rate Fiber Build Workshop event page on the FCC website.

5/22/2015FCC Issues Public Notice on Draft ESL for FY2016


On May 21, 2015, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 15-615) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2016 Eligible Services List (ESL).

Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before June 22, 2015. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before July 6, 2015. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice. 

 

5/12/2015Invitation to E-rate Program Applicant Trainings


Join USAC at an all-day Applicant Training for schools, libraries, and consortia that apply to the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Each training is identical; please select only one.

Register early to secure your spot - these complimentary events are very popular and have limited space.

  • Washington, DC
    Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  • New Orleans, LA
    Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Philadelphia, PA
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015
  • Tampa, FL
    Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • Minneapolis, MN
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Thursday, November 5, 2015
  • Portland, OR
    Monday, November 16, 2015

Additional Information
More information is available in the Trainings & Outreach section of the Schools and Libraries Program website. Registration for the training does not guarantee hotel accommodations. Individuals must contact the hotel separately for room reservations.

Please inform USAC of any special needs, including dietary restrictions, at least one week prior to the event. If you have questions or need assistance, contact USAC Training.
 

2/27/2015News Brief Issued


The 02/27/2015 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.