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Updated November 2016

FCC Form 486 Filing

FCC Form 486, Receipt of Service Confirmation and Children's Internet Protection Act and Technology Plan Certification Form, notifies USAC that the Billed Entity and/or the eligible entities that it represents is receiving, or has received, service in the relevant funding year from the named service provider(s).

What to File

FCC Form 486
Funding Year 2016

File this form in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

Funding Year 2015 and Previous Years

File this form online.

Receipt of Service Confirmation and Children's Internet Protection Act and Technology Plan Certification Form

Purpose of Form

Applicants file an FCC Form 486 to:

  • Notify USAC that services have started for the recipients of service included on one or more funded Funding Request Numbers (FRNs).
  • Indicate the status of compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) for the recipients of service for the FRN(s).
  • For Funding Year (FY) 2014 and previous years: Provide the name(s) of the USAC-certified technology plan approver(s) that approved the technology plan(s), if a technology plan is required.

When to File

Applicants cannot file the FCC Form 486 for an FRN until USAC issues a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) with a positive funding commitment.

Early Filing: Applicants that have received an FCDL, confirmed with their service providers that services will start in July of the upcoming funding year, and can truthfully make all of the certifications on the form, can file FCC Form 486 early - that is, before services have started.

Deadline: FCC Form 486 must be received or postmarked no later than 120 days after the Service Start Date shown on the FCC Form 486 or 120 days after the date of the FCDL, whichever is later.

If the FCC Form 486 is received or postmarked after the deadline, USAC will adjust the Service Start Date on the FRNs on the FCC Form 486 to the date 120 days before the FCC Form 486 was received or postmarked. USAC will not pay discounts on services received before this date, and the applicant's funding commitment may be reduced.

USAC will issue an FCC Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letter to the applicant if an FCC Form 486 appears to be late based on the Service Start Date reported on the FCC Form 471 and the date of the FCDL.

Missing or Late FCC Form 486 Certifications

USAC issues an FCC Form 486 Urgent Reminder letter to applicants that appear to have missed the deadline to submit and/or certify an FCC Form 486. The deadline to file an FCC Form 486 is 120 days after the date of the Funding Commitment Decision Letter or 120 days after the service start date, whichever is later.

USAC calculates the date to issue this letter based on the Service Start Date reported on the FCC Form 471. If your actual Service Start Date is later than the date you reported on FCC Form 471, your deadline may not have passed. In this case, you have the responsibility to calculate and meet your actual deadline, as USAC will not issue a second reminder letter.

Applicants have 20 days from the date of the notification to submit and certify an FCC Form 486 online or on paper with no penalty (if the Service Start Date reported on the FCC Form 471 was the actual Service Start Date).

If you miss this deadline, USAC will adjust your Service Start Date to a date 120 days before the date you certified your form, and your funding commitment may be reduced to reflect the reduction in service time.

Applicants filing their Funding Year 2016 FCC Form 486 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will receive this letter in EPC. For all other funding years, the letter will be mailed.

After Filing

USAC issues an applicant version and a service provider version of the FCC Form 486 Notification Letter after the FCC Form 486 has been successfully processed by USAC.

For Funding Year 2016 FCC Forms 486 filed in EPC, applicants and service providers will receive this notification in their EPC news feed. The notification letters will be mailed for all other funding years.

Canceling and Re-filing an FCC Form 486

Applicants who have provided incorrect or conflicting information in EPC on their certified FCC Form 486 can learn how to cancel and re-file their FCC Form 486 in EPC on our Cancel and Re-file FCC Form 486 page.

CIPA and Technology Plan Certifications for FY2014 and Previous Years

In FY2011-FY2014, schools and libraries applying for Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance services were required to prepare a technology plan. Before FY2011, technology plans were required for all eligible services other than basic telephone service.

In FY2010-FY2014, applicants requesting only VoIP services in the telecommunications services or Internet access were not required to prepare a technology plan.

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) does not apply to VoIP services or telecommunications (dark fiber).