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Posting of an applicant's FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) initiates the required competitive bidding process. FCC Forms 470 that have been submitted for Funding Year 2016 are now available on the View an FCC Form 470 (FY2016) page. On this page you will find the FCC Form 470 as well as any additional documentation submitted with the form, such as a request for proposal (RFP) or other supporting documentation.
If you log into the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), you can view this same information with the added benefit of multiple filter and search capabilities. A tool that will allow this advanced functionally on the public website is currently under development as well. Stay tuned for additional information regarding that upgrade!
USAC is creating your organization's E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) account. The person who signed and certified the FY2015 FCC Form 471 will be the account administrator. For consulting organizations, the head of your consulting organization will be the account administrator.
What You Need To Do:
If you are the Authorized Person listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471
Follow the instructions in USAC's Account Creation email (sent to you from email@example.com). After you log in to the account as the account administrator,* you can then designate another employee at your organization to be the account administrator if you wish to do so. If you did not receive the Account Creation email, call our Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.
If you are the Contact Person listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471
Ask the authorized person to set up your account. The authorized person must follow the instructions in USAC's Account Creation email (sent from firstname.lastname@example.org). After the authorized person logs in to the account as the account administrator, he or she can then set you up as a user.
If you are the Consultant listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471
Your account administrator can grant you full, partial, or view-only rights to the information for your consulting information in the EPC. Contact your account administrator for more details.
*Consultants cannot be an account administrator for an applicant, even if they signed and certified the applicant's form. However, once a school or library account administrator has associated itself with your consulting organization, he or she can grant you rights to access the information in the school's or library's account.
If you have any questions, you can visit the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) page on the USAC website or call our Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.
We are ready to introduce you to the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), which is now live.
EPC is the account and application management portal for the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. This system will eventually be the point of entry for all applicant, service provider, or consultant transactions. EPC will be where program participants complete and certify forms, obtain the status of their applications, submit requests, receive timely reminders and notifications, respond to PIA review questions, and ask program-related questions.
To get started, learn more about this new system on the EPC webpage. Here you'll find links to instructional videos, user guides, a glossary of terms, and more. As the system grows, we'll add more resources to this page to assist you along the way.
Stay tuned for a series of News Briefs that will provide a full range of details regarding what you will need to do, when you need to do it, and how to do it. If you are not yet subscribed to receive the News Brief, the weekly digital newsletter for the E-rate Program, subscribe now!
On May 20, the FCC conducted an E-rate Fiber Build Workshop that provided E-rate Program applicants, providers, and state and local policy makers with information and tools for planning fiber build projects under the new E-rate Program rules, with a focus on issues applicants need to consider in order to choose the most cost-effective plans for deploying fiber.
An agenda, speaker biographies, and a recording of the workshop are available on the E-rate Fiber Build Workshop event page on the FCC website.
On May 21, 2015, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 15-615) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2016 Eligible Services List (ESL).
Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before June 22, 2015. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before July 6, 2015. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice.
Join USAC at an all-day Applicant Training for schools, libraries, and consortia that apply to the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Each training is identical; please select only one.
Register early to secure your spot - these complimentary events are very popular and have limited space.
More information is available in the Trainings & Outreach section of the Schools and Libraries Program website. Registration for the training does not guarantee hotel accommodations. Individuals must contact the hotel separately for room reservations.
Each day, USAC will provide a tip on how to navigate through the online FCC Form 471 for FY2015. Check this Latest News post daily for a new tip and to access previous tips.
The tips will be labeled by the area of the form to which they apply: General Guidance, Basic Information, Discount Calculation, Funding Requests, Certifications & Signature, or Certifying Your Form.
Certifications & Signature
Certifying Your Form
The application filing window closes today, April 16, 2015, at 11:59:59 PM EDT.
To support last minute filers, the Client Service Bureau (CSB) has extended its service hours one half hour past the application filing window deadline to assist applicants with last-minute filing issues. Please feel free to contact us at (888) 203-8100 with any questions during this timeframe.
For more information, review the News Brief from April 10.