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12/19/2014The FCC Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2015 will open at noon EST on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and will close at 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The filing window will be open for 72 days.


The FCC Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2015 will open at noon EST on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and will close at 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The filing window will be open for 72 days.

Be sure to review the FY2015 Eligible Services List for details on products and services that are eligible for E-rate discounts in FY2015.

We will issue the customary Letter to the Field around the time that the FCC Form 471 application filing window opens to provide filing information and deadline reminders related to the window.

Meanwhile, keep the following in mind:
  • You can file an FCC Form 470 now if you are ready to do so; you don't need to wait for the window to open. To file an FCC Form 470 online, go to the Apply Online page and click on the "Create Form 470" button.
  • You must wait 28 days after the FCC Form 470 is POSTED to the USAC website before you can select a service provider, sign a contract (if applicable), and submit an FCC Form 471. If you issue an RFP after the FCC Form 470 is posted, you must wait 28 days from the release of the RFP to select a service provider.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 is the last day to post an FCC Form 470 to the USAC website or issue an RFP and still complete all of these actions before the window closes.

You can find additional program guidance documents in the Reference Area of the USAC website.

12/18/2014News Brief Issued


The 12/18/2014 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.

12/17/2014Apply Online Outage Due to System Maintenance: Friday, December 19


The Apply Online page, including Submit a Question, online forms, and most search tools will be unavailable from 9:00-11:59 PM EST Friday, December 19, for system maintenance. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain forms online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

12/11/2014FCC Continues E-rate Program Reboot to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Digital Learning


Today the FCC adopted an Order aimed at closing the connectivity gap by making more funding available for libraries and schools to purchase broadband connectivity capable of delivering gigabit service over the next five years. The Order also provides schools and libraries additional flexibility and options for purchasing broadband services to enable schools and libraries to meet their Internet capacity needs in the most cost-effective way possible. For more information, please see the FCC Press Release.

12/2/2014Join the E-rate Program for a Series of Webinars on FY2015 Topics


Join the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program throughout December and January for a series of webinars on Funding Year 2015 topics. Please register for each webinar individually:

Register here: FCC Form 470 Demo
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Eligible Services
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Program Compliance
Thursday, December 18, 2014
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Category Two Budgets
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Discount Calculations
Thursday, January 8, 2015
3:00 PM EST

Register here: Urban/Rural Tool
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
3:00 PM EST

Please note: Due to the large size of our virtual audience, the presenters will not accept live questions during the presentation. All webinars will be recorded and will available for viewing a day after the original webinar presentation, in the Schools and Libraries Program's Online Learning Library.

Need Help?
More information about the E-rate Modernization Order is available on the USAC website. If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact USAC Outreach.

For questions about the E-rate Program, contact us via Submit a Question or call the Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.

11/20/2014Special Edition News Brief - Update on the FY2015 FCC Form 470


The 11/20/14 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.

11/10/2014Webinar on November 13: E-rate Modernization Order


All participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a webinar this Thursday, November 13, about the major changes resulting from the E-rate Modernization Order. Register here: E-rate Modernization Order Webinar

USAC's E-rate Program staff is planning to conduct more outreach webinars that will discuss additional topics in-depth. These events will be announced via the SL News Brief and in the Latest News section of the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program homepage.

10/28/2014FCC Releases FY2015 Eligible Services List report and Order


On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission released a Report and Order (DA 14-1556) releasing the Eligible Services List for Funding Year 2015.

10/1/20142014 Applicant Training Agenda and Presentations Available


The 2014 Applicant Training agenda and presentations are available.

9/22/2014Draft FCC Forms 470 and 471 Submitted to OMB


The FCC is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for updates to the 2015 FCC Forms 470 and 471 based on guidance from the E-rate Modernization Order. To review the draft forms and instructions, or read the FCC’s Federal Register notice of its submission to the OMB, visit the E-rate Modernization Order information page.

7/23/2014FCC Adopts Landmark E-rate Modernization Order


The Federal Communications Commission adopted an E-rate Modernization Order that will expand Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries across America. The new rules are the next major step in a comprehensive modernization of the E-rate Program, the first such effort since the program’s creation 18 years ago. The program increases focus on the largest and most urgent need—closing the Wi-Fi gap—while transitioning support away from legacy technologies to 21st Century broadband connectivity, ensuring E-rate Program money is spent smartly, and improving program administration. The reform will expand Wi-Fi to more than 10 million students in 2015 alone.

For more information, read the FCC's press release, or read the FCC's quick fact sheet.

6/16/2014Reminder: Early Filing for FCC Form 486


Applicants can file the FCC Form 486 before services start if they have received a funding commitment, if their services will start in the month of July, and if they can accurately make all the relevant certifications at the time they certify the FCC Form 486.

Note that applicants filing FCC Form 486 before July 1 MUST check the early filing box (Item 6a) in order to successfully file this form.

6/10/2014Registration Open for E-rate Program Applicant Trainings


This fall, join USAC for an all-day training focused on applicants who participate in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Register Today!

5/8/2014USAC Issues First Funding Wave for FY2014


On Thursday, May 15, USAC will issue notification letters for the first funding wave for Funding Year (FY) 2014. This wave will include over $607 million in Priority 1 funding commitments for over 14,600 applications. This compares to over $128 million in funding commitments issued in the first funding wave for FY2013 on May 29, 2013.

Also, the first FY2014 wave will contain over six times the number of applications requesting broadband services compared to the first wave of FY2013, and will include commitments to large, medium and small applications for both schools and libraries.

Read the press release.

5/8/2014FCC Form 486 for FY2014 Available May 15


The FCC Form 486 for FY2014 will be available for online filing starting Thursday, May 15. FCC Form 486 Notification Letters will start going out soon after the first forms are filed.

Applicants can file the FCC Form 486 early (before services have started) if:
  1. They have received a Funding Commitment Decision Letter with a positive funding commitment,
  2. Their services will start in the month of July, and
  3. They can accurately make all of the certifications required on the form.

5/6/2014May 27 Deadline for Item 21 Attachments and FCC Form 471 Certifications


Each year, USAC issues two sets of letters – one to applicants that filed an FCC Form 471 online before the close of the filing window but did not complete the certification process, and the other to remind applicants to submit their Item 21 Attachments. Both sets of letters were issued today, May 6. Appropriate actions must be taken on or before May 27, 2014.

To check whether or not you need to take action, review the List of FY2014 FCC Forms 471 Not Yet Certified and the List of FRNs for FY2014 Missing Item 21 Attachments. Note that these lists are static – you can find information at the top of each list about the dates the entries on the lists were identified and which forms or FRNs are included.

What do I do if I receive a Notification of FCC Form 471 with No Certification?
You must certify your FCC Form 471 on or before May 27 if you have not already done so. If you do not meet this deadline, the form will be considered out-of-window. You can certify an FCC Form 471 online or on paper.

The list of uncertified FCC Forms 471 contains all forms that were timely filed but not certified as of 9:30 AM EDT on May 5, 2014. The list is in alphabetical order by state.

If you believe your form has been certified, go to the View 471 Status tool, enter your Billed Entity Number and choose FY2014, and review the search results. If you have any questions, please call our Client Service Bureau (CSB) at (888) 203-8100.

What do I do if I receive an Item 21 Attachment Urgent Reminder Letter?
You must submit an Item 21 Attachment for each of your Funding Request Numbers (FRNs) on or before May 27, 2014 if you have not already done so. FRNs that are missing Item 21 Attachments or have Item 21 Attachments submitted after May 27 will be denied for being out-of-window.

The list of FRNs contains all FY2014 FRNs in the USAC database that we believe are missing Item 21 Attachments. This list is in alphabetical order by state. The first tab is A-F, the second is G-K, the third is L-P, and the fourth is R-Z.

Your FRN will be on the list if:
  • You did not file an Item 21 Attachment and should have filed one.
  • You started an Item 21 Attachment online but did not submit it by May 5, 2014. (Clicking the “Save and Exit” button does not submit your attachment.)
  • You submitted an Item 21 Attachment by email, fax, or on paper, but you did not correctly identify the FRN, the FCC Form 471 application number, or both in time for USAC to log it by April 17.
  • Your Item 21 Attachment and the Item 21 Attachment Urgent Reminder Letter crossed in the mail.

If you believe your FRN is on this list in error because you have submitted an Item 21 Attachment online, go to the Item 21 Attachment tool; enter your Billed Entity Number, FCC Form 471 application number, and security code; and click “Continue.” If an FRN shows any status other than “submitted online,” click the status, complete your attachment, and click the “submit” button. This action will complete the process and submit your attachment.

If you believe your FRN is on this list in error because you have submitted an Item 21 Attachment by email, fax, or paper, first review your copy of the submission for accuracy. You can then call the Client Service Bureau (CSB) at (888) 203-8100 to check the status of your submission. Be sure to have your FCC Form 471 application number, the method of submission (email, fax, or paper), and the date of submission.