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Each day, USAC will provide a tip on how to navigate through the online FCC Form 471 for FY2015. Check this Latest News post daily for a new tip and to access previous tips.
The tips will be labeled by the area of the form to which they apply: General Guidance, Basic Information, Discount Calculation, Funding Requests, Certifications & Signature, or Certifying Your Form.
Certifications & Signature
Certifying Your Form
The application filing window closes today, April 16, 2015, at 11:59:59 PM EDT.
To support last minute filers, the Client Service Bureau (CSB) has extended its service hours one half hour past the application filing window deadline to assist applicants with last-minute filing issues. Please feel free to contact us at (888) 203-8100 with any questions during this timeframe.
For more information, review the News Brief from April 10.
New close date for the FY2015 filing window: April 16, 2015, at 11:59:59 PM EDT
In response to a reasonable request from our nation's largest school districts, USAC, in consultation with the FCC, has extended the FY2015 application filing window for three additional weeks. The application filing window will now close on April 16, 2015, instead of the original date of March 26, 2015.
FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 PM EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015, to be considered in-window.
For more information, see today's Special Edition News Brief.
Use these tips when completing the "Funding Request" section of the FCC Form 471:
For more information about these issues, please refer to our February 19th Special Edition of the News Brief on "Selecting Service Types for Category One."
Thursday, February 26, 2015, is the last day you can post an FCC Form 470 to the USAC website and still meet the 28-day requirement before filing your FCC Form 471. If you are required to file an FCC Form 470 but have not yet done so, please promptly file your form.
To get started, USAC recommends watching the instructional videos located in our Online Learning Library, including:
New guidance has been approved on how to determine the main branch of a library for the purposes of calculating a library system's discount.
Libraries with outlets/branches in more than one school district must use the total student counts from the school district in which the central outlet or main administrative branch of the library is located. For some libraries – especially those in large cities – identifying the building that would be considered the main branch is straightforward. However, in other situations – rural areas with outlets/branches of similar size and importance, regional library service systems, library consortia (as opposed to consortia of libraries) – applicants indicate they are not sure how to determine which library outlet/branch should be considered the main branch.
Here is what we suggest:
FCC Forms 470 and 471 for FY2015 are now available on the Schools and Libraries Program Training Site. The training site can be used to practice filing and certifying some program forms online or to train others in the online filing process.
We suggest that you file using the following information in order to see all of the functionality available on these forms:
The 01/13/2015 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.
Participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a series of webinars about the E-rate Program. If you aren't already signed up, register today! These webinars will include updates from the recently released Second E-rate Modernization Order, and we encourage you to join us for all of them.
Register here: Category Two Budgets Webinar
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST
Register here: Discount Calculations Webinar
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST
Register here: Urban/Rural Tool Webinar
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST
Please note: Due to the large size of our virtual audience, the presenters will not accept live questions during these webinars. However, participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance using the registration form.
All webinars will be recorded and are available for viewing immediately following the original presentation in the Schools and Libraries Program's Online Learning Library. Recordings from recent E-rate Modernization Order webinars are already available: