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9/22/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/22/2017 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.

9/22/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - September 22-23


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, September 22 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, September 23 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

 

9/22/20172017 E-rate Applicant Training


The USAC Schools and Libraries Division will hold a training sessions for E-rate applicants this fall. During the training you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from members of the USAC Schools and Libraries team on key topics important to successfully participating in the program.

USAC will be conducting in-person E-rate training sesssions at the following locations:

We are currently working on a fourth location and hope to announce that location soon. 

Program participants can register for the training sessions in the Upcoming Events section of the Trainings and Outreach page on the USAC website.

Please note that attendees will make their own arrangements for hotel accomodations and meals.  

9/22/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 23-24


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, September 23 through 2:00 AM ET Sunday, August 24 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in, or to file, certify, and search for certain forms via the EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

9/15/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/15/2017 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.

9/13/2017E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: Tuesday, September 19


USAC's E-File system, will be unavailable Tuesday, September 19, from 8:00-10:00 PM ET, for system maintenance. Online forms will not be accessible for contributors, service providers, or participants in the High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries programs. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain forms online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

9/8/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/08/2017 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.

9/7/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Sunday, September 10


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC Training Site will be unavailable from 7:00-10:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 10 for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in, or to file, certify, and search for certain forms via the EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

8/25/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/25/2017 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.

8/24/2017FCC Form 472 (BEAR) Training Site Now Available


Applicants can now train on or practice filing and certifying an FCC Form 472, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form on the BEAR Training Site.

8/24/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 24


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* will be unavailable from 3:00-4:30 PM ET, Thursday, August 24 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to the training site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  

8/22/2017Special Edition News Brief - FY2018 FCC Form 470 Drop-down Options for Eligible Services


The 08/22/2017 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.

8/18/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/18/2017 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.

8/18/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - August 18-19


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, August 18 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, August 19 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

8/14/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Service Restored


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) service is restored and available for use.

8/14/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) is Currently Unavailable


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) is not accessible at this time. This message will be updated when the system is available.

8/11/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/11/2017 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.

8/4/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/04/2017 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.

7/28/2017News Brief Issued


The 07/28/2017 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.  

7/25/2017New Videos Now Available in the Online Learning Library


The following videos have been added to the Online Learning Library:

FCC Form 470 Video Series

  • How to File an FCC Form 470
  • How to Search for FCC Forms 470

Program Rules and Requirements

Webinar Recordings

  • July 18, 2017 - How to File FCC Form 470
  

7/25/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - July 28-29


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, July 28 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, July 29 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance. 

  

7/21/2017News Brief Issued


The 07/21/2017 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.

7/14/2017News Brief Issued


The 07/14/2017 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.

7/7/2017News Brief Issued


The 07/07/2017 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.

7/3/2017Incorrect Date on June 30 SL News Brief


The copy of the SL News Brief that went out by email last Friday was incorrectly dated April 28, 2017. The date should have been June 30, 2017.

If you would like to print or save a copy for your records, the version posted to the SL News Brief page and also in the News feed in your EPC account featured the correct date.

  

6/30/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/30/2017 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.

6/30/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) System Maintenance: Friday, June 30


E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) account users may experience system slowness from 9:00-11:00 PM ET, Friday, June 30 during planned system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

6/30/2017New User Guide: Filing Appeals in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC)


EPC User Guide: Appeals is now available to help you file appeals in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). If you wish to appeal a Schools and Libraries Program decision, you must file an appeal with USAC before you can file one with the FCC.    

6/23/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/23/2017 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.

6/22/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - June 23-24


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 8:00 PM ET on Friday, June 23 through 2:00 AM ET Saturday, June 24 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance. 

  

6/22/2017FCC Issues Public Notice on Draft ESL for FY2018


On June 21, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 17-602) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2018 Eligible Services List (ESL).

Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before July 21, 2017. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before August 7, 2017. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice.

6/19/2017FY2018 FCC Form 470 Now Available


Applicants can now complete and certify an FCC Form 470 for FY2018.

To start an FY2018 FCC Form 470, log in to EPC and click the FCC Form 470 link at the top of your landing page.

6/16/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/16/2017 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.

6/13/20172017 Service Provider Training Announced


USAC's Schools and Libraries Division will hold its annual training for E-rate Program service providers at a single site – on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. This training is exclusively for service providers who have direct involvement and day-to-day management of the E-rate program for their organizations.

During the training you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from members of the USAC Schools and Libraries team on key topics important to service providers from competitive bidding to invoicing. 

Space is limited.  Register Today!

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM CT

Location: The Westin Galleria Dallas
                   13340 Dallas Parkway
                   Dallas, TX 75240 

6/9/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/09/2017 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.

6/5/2017Summer Webinar Schedule Announced


Join USAC for our live training webinars provided for E-rate Program participants. We will share program updates and essential guidance to help participants learn about and successfully navigate the program. During each webinar, the audience will have the opportunity to take part in a live question and answer session with members of the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program team.

Register here: How to File FCC Form 486
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
3:00 PM ET

Register here: How to File FCC Form 470
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 
3:00 PM ET

Register here: E-rate Training for Beginners
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
3:00 PM ET

If you can't attend the live presentations, register for the webinars and we'll send you a link to the recording. The recordings will also be posted in the Online Learning Library

Equipment and Set-Up

To participate, you'll need:

-To meet the minimum system requirements, Click the "FAQs and System Test" button on the event's registration page to determine whether your computer meets the requirements to see and hear the webinar.
-A computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.
-Computer speakers or headset.

Need Help?

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact USAC Outreach.  

6/2/2017News Brief Issued


The 06/02/2017 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.

3/17/2017News Brief Issued


The 03/17/2017 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.