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FCC Form 486 Filing

FCC Form 486 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

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

You can file this form online.

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).
  • Provide the name(s) of the USAC-certified technology plan approver(s) that approved the technology plan(s), if a technology plan is required.
  • Indicate the status of compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) for the recipients of service for the FRN(s).

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.

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.