– FY2014 FCC Form 465 Now Available in My Portal
The FCC Form 465 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) is now available in My Portal
to certify health care provider (HCP) eligibility and request bids from service providers. Applicants may file the FCC Form 465 earlier than in previous funding years, allowing more time for competitive bidding and the option to submit an FCC Form 466 funding request as early as March 1, 2014.
New in FY2014: Service Type Selection for "Telecommunications Only"
Beginning in Funding Year (FY) 2014, the FCC Form 465 may only be used to request support for telecommunications services. Applicants who are seeking bids for Internet services must request those services through the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program.
What to Select in Block 30 of FCC Form 465
Currently, Block 30 of the FCC Form 465 allows applicants to select the box for "Both Telecommunications & Internet Services," "Telecommunications Service ONLY," and '"Internet Service ONLY."
Applicants applying for funding for telecommunications service should select "Telecommunications Service ONLY." Requests for Internet service through either "Internet Service ONLY" or "Both Telecommunications & Internet Services" will not be supported in the Telecommunications Program in FY2014. Future enhancements to My Portal will remove the invalid service request options.
After the FCC Form 465 has been posted to the USAC website, the 28-day posting period is complete, and the HCP has selected a service provider (while following competitive bidding rules), the HCP may submit a funding request as early as March 1, 2014, as part of the initial funding request filing period. More information about the filing period can be found in the latest edition of the RHC Circuit
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