Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

Step 1 Competitive Bidding

Updated September 2015

FCC Form 470 Filing

Posting of an applicant's FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) opens the required competitive bidding process.

What to File

FCC Form 470

The FCC Form 470, Description of Services Requested and Certification Form, must be filed online in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

Related User Guides

For step-by-step filing guidance, watch the FCC Form 470 video series.

Purpose of Form

Applicants post an FCC Form 470 to the USAC website to open a competitive bidding process. Applicants can also issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) or related bidding document. Service providers can then review the posted FCC Form 470 information and submit bids.

When to File

The FCC Form 470 can be filed for a particular funding year as soon as USAC posts a notice to that effect on this website. This notice is generally posted about 12 months before the start of a funding year.

The FCC Form 470 must be posted on USAC's website for at least 28 days before an applicant can close its competitive bidding process, select a service provider for tariffed or month-to-month services, and/or select a service provider. Note that if an RFP is issued, it must be uploaded as part of the online FCC Form 470 filing process.

Deadlines: The FCC Form 470 must be posted to the USAC website at least 28 days before the close of the application filing window for the funding year in order for it to be cited on a timely filed FCC Form 471.

After Filing

USAC issues an FCC Form 470 Receipt Notification Letter (RNL) to the applicant in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) upon successful data entry of an FCC Form 470.