USAC is committed to increasing the accessibility of our data as a part of our open data strategy.
We are currently seeking your feedback on a high-value data set delivered through an Application Programming Interface (API). This API currently supports the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program's FCC Form 471 (Description of Services Ordered and Certification Form) data. Take the survey or submit your feedback to our Open Data team.
The E-rate Program helps ensure that eligible schools and libraries can obtain affordable rates for access to high-speed Internet, telecommunications services, and other broadband services and equipment. Every year, over 96,000 schools (public, private, and charter) and nearly 12,000 libraries across the United States apply for E-rate Program discounts.
USAC plans to open the FCC Form 471 dataset for Funding Year 2016 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), which reflects applications submitted from February through April in 2016.
E-rate Program applicants file the FCC Form 471 to tell USAC about the costs and details of the services they are requesting from their service provider and the discount percentage for which they are eligible.
The data provided on the FCC Form 471 includes applicant location information, who the services are being delivered to (specific school, school district, or library), the discount rate and discounted costs for requested services, the name of the selected service provider, and detailed descriptions of the services and products requested (e.g., dark or lit fiber, high-speed Ethernet, internal connections, access points, switches, or cables).
For more information about the FCC Form 471 dataset, see the 471 API Data Dictionary.
We are seeking your feedback on this API through a 15-minute survey.
For basic search functionality of FCC Form 471 data, use the FCC Form 471 Download tool in EPC. For searching data from FY2015 and prior, use the FCC Form 471 search tools located on the Schools and Libraries Program search tools page.
To discuss research projects or to get more information about our plans for the FCC Form 471 API, contact our Open Data team.