USAC's News Archive gives you access to all announcements related to the Schools and Libraries Program as they were made throughout the years. The archives will be updated as new announcements are made.
RESOLVED - USAC is currently experiencing a phone system outage affecting our Customer Operations call center, the Rural Health Care Help Desk, and employee phones. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
This outage does not affect the E-rate Program's Client Service Bureau (CSB). We apologize for any inconvenience.
The 07/21/2016 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.
RESOLVED: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve system issues users may encounter today. At this time, users may be unable to log in, or to file, certify, and respond to requests from the Reviews team via the EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep this space updated with additional updates as they become available.
If you are still experiencing issues, please call the Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.
The 06/16/2016 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.
The FCC issued a Public Notice (DA 16-629) directing USAC to fully fund all eligible FY2016 category 1 and category 2 service requests. The FCC stated that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet the E-rate Program’s estimated demand under the current FY2016 cap of $3.939 billion and the $1.9 billion in unused funds from previous funding years.
USAC’s FY2016 Demand Estimate for the E-rate Program is $3.609 billion. Under this estimate, $2.330 billion is for Category 1 services and $1.279 billion for Category 2 services. This estimate is based on total funds requested during the first FCC Form 471 filing window, $3.175 billion, and a projected amount of $434 million for the second filing window.
Funding Year 2016 runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
The FCC Form 471 application filing window for schools and school districts closes this week at 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, May 26. If you need assistance, call the Client Service Bureau (CSB) as soon as possible. Be mindful of the times they are busiest (see below).
The Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be open the following hours during the last week of the window:
Remember that the following times are our busiest:
We encourage you to call with questions as soon as possible so that we can provide answers promptly.
The Schools and Libraries Program's Apply Online portal, including Submit a Question, online forms, and most search tools will be unavailable from 8:00 PM ET May 20 - 2:00 AM ET May 21, 2016, for system maintenance. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain previous forms online.
This outage will not affect the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). You will still be able to file, submit, and certify FCC Forms 470 and 471. We apologize for any inconvenience.
This week, USAC is rolling out some changes to the web content around application filing. Our team has heard from many of you that critical information is hard to find and that certain tasks that make sense to legacy users, such as "Apply Online," are very confusing to new users. So we've recreated the "E-rate Productivity Center" page as the "Apply for E-rate" page.
Now, you can access:
Explore the new Apply for E-rate page now.
We've also made some changes to the FY2016 Filing Window page. Go here to learn filing date updates, access all EPC filing guidance, and explore our blog.
We hope these improvements help you, but we also welcome any additional feedback you may have on these pages.
Due to the FY2016 filing window extension, the E-Rate Program trainings have been rescheduled from the original dates in May to the following dates in June. Note that the hotel venues have not changed:
USAC is sensitive to the inconvenience that this rescheduling may cause, and is aware that some participants will have to adjust travel plans. We apologize for this change and for the short notice. Our goal is to provide you with the most helpful information to ensure successful participation in the E-rate Program. To fulfill that goal, rescheduling the training was necessary.
By late June, we will be much better suited to provide:
A note to those who registered prior to April 21 for a training:
If you registered prior to April 21 for a training, your registration has been automatically transferred to the new June date for the city you selected. You will receive information via email about this transfer. If you had already made your hotel reservations, your reservation will be transferred automatically; therefore, if you are unable to attend on the new date, please contact the hotel to cancel your room reservation.
If you have any follow-up questions or concerns, please contact USAC Training.
Today, USAC announced that the FY2016 application filing window is extended to allow applicants more time to submit their applications.
First, we are extending the window for all applicants by four weeks with a new closing date of May 26, 2016. With the recent deployment of bulk upload templates and additional updates and solutions coming over the next few weeks, we believe that the IT systems will be sufficiently stable to allow most applicants, and all schools and school districts, sufficient time to file their applications by May 26.
Second, when the window closes on May 26, we will open a second filing window for consortia and libraries, which will close on July 21, 2016. We recognize that consortia and libraries are unable to complete their applications until their member/related school district(s) finalize their discount rates in the system.
Please read the special edition News Brief for more information.
Posting the FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) opens the E-rate Program competitive bidding process.
Friday, April 1, 2016, is the last day applicants can post an FY2016 FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and meet the 28-day requirement before filing the FCC Form 471 (due April 29). If you are required to file an FCC Form 470 but have not yet done so, please promptly file your form.
These resources are available to assist you:
Due to Metrorail's closure, USAC will have limited telephone customer support on Wednesday, March 16 for USAC Customer Operations and the Rural Health Care Program's RHC Help Desk. The Schools and Libraries Client Service Bureau (CSB) will not be affected.
During this time we recommend that you submit all inquiries via email. Thank you!
Join USAC for a series of webinars about the FY2016 filing window, including an overview of the E-rate Program and a detailed walkthrough of how to complete a funding request (FCC Form 471) online in the E-rate Productivity Center.
View Events and Register: All Upcoming Webinar Events
Overview series begins February 16; FCC Form 471 series begins February 23
Can't make it to the webinars? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the recording after the live presentation. The recording will also be posted in the Online Learning Library.
USAC will be upgrading our phone system beginning at 6:00 PM ET Friday, January 29. This will impact USAC's Customer Service via (888) 641-8722, the RHC Help Desk via (800) 453-1546, the USAC main number, individual employee direct lines, and our fax lines. Calls and faxes to these numbers will not go through and callers will be unable to reach voicemail. Our phone system will be available again Monday, February 1 at 7:00 AM.
The Schools and Libraries Client Service Bureau (CSB) will remain open during their normal operating hours.