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498/499 Spotlight - July 2015


3rd Quarter 2015

In this issue...


Deadlines   |   Revenue Reporting   |   Did You Know   l   At the FCC

DUE ITEM More Details
July 15 Universal Service Contribution Contributor Payments
Aug 3 FCC Form 499-Q File FCC Form 499-Q
Aug 14 Universal Service Contribution Contributor Payments
Sept 15 Universal Service Contribution Contributor Payments


Report Revenues on FCC Form 499-Q by August 3, 2015

Each quarter, all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers that are not de minimis must file the FCC Form 499-Q (Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet) with USAC.
The FCC Form 499-Q is used to collect carrier revenue information and to determine the carrier's universal service contribution obligation for the upcoming quarter.
Contributors with access to the Internet must submit their FCC Form 499-Q using E-File. Users can pull up historical forms, edit and submit changes, and certify online.
If you have questions about the revenue you are reporting on your form, call USAC's Customer Operations team at (888) 641-8722.


Revenue data you will provide on the August FCC Form 499-Q

Actual billed revenue from April 1 - June 30, 2015, on lines 115-118.


Projected billed and projected collected revenue from October 1 - December 31, 2015, on lines 119-120.

August FCC Form 499-Q revision deadline September 15, 2015
Resulting USAC invoices

Based on the October 1 - December 31, 2015, projected collected revenue reported:

  • Invoices issued in October, November, December 2015
  • Payments due in November and December 2015, January 2016


De minimis carriers do not need to complete FCC Form 499-Q. Visit the De Minimis page on the USAC website to find out if your company qualifies as de minimis.

Late Filing Fees and Late Payments

To be considered an on-time filing, a certified FCC Form 499-A/Q must be received by USAC on or before the due date.  
When forms are not received on time, USAC will assess a late filing fee on the first of each month until a certified FCC Form 499-A/Q has been received. More information is available on the Late Filing Sanction web page.
Invoices that are paid late are considered unique debts owed to the United States, and USAC is required by the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996 to impose interest on the first day of delinquency. Additionally, a carrier's Filer ID and all associated SPINs will be put on Red Light status, and all future universal service fund disbursements will be netted against the outstanding delinquent debt. More information is available on the Late Payments, DCIA, Red Light page of our website.

Third Quarter 2015 Contribution Factor Released

The FCC released a Public Notice (DA 15-695) announcing that the proposed universal service fund contribution factor for the third quarter (July-September) of 2015 will be 0.171, or 17.1 percent.


Revenue Reporting - Trouble Shooting

Did you know that many network firewalls treat your Electronic Remittance Statements like SPAM or a virus? Many recent advances, designed to keep you safe, may block USAC statements from getting to you because USAC sends most remittance statements as a file attachment (.docx) and often includes a hyperlink that provides you details on understanding your statement.
To ensure the prompt delivery of USAC Electronic Remittance Statements, there may be some additional steps you have to take. Because many of these are being blocked at your internet gateway, you need to ensure your IT administrators whitelist and allow hyperlinks and attachments from this email address.


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FCC Form 499 Annual True Up

The annual true up process has completed for 2015. The person designated as your company's billing contact will soon receive a true up email message that will explain their exact true up calculations. 
The 2015 true up compares the 2015 FCC Form 499-A to the November 2013, February 2014, May 2014, and August 2014 FCC Forms 499-Q. The reason the November 2013 FCC Form 499-Q is used is that each FCC Form 499-Q predicts revenue for the next calendar quarter. The November 2013 form predicted revenue in the first quarter of 2014. Each FCC Form 499-Q used for the 2015 true up reflects a prediction for a quarter in 2014. The 2015 FCC Form 499-A reflects actual revenue for calendar year 2014. By using these specific forms, we compare predicted and actual revenue for the same period of time.

FCC Form 498 Re-Design

USAC is continuing its work to improve online filing for service providers. Later this year we will launch a re-designed FCC Form 498. Before its release, we will hold a webinar to walk users through the new look and feel and new features. Stay tuned for more detailed information.

EPC is Now Available

The E-rate Productivity Center (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 program forms, obtain the status of 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 web page. 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!

Credit RHC Program Applicants in a Timely Manner

Service providers participating in the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program are responsible for applying funds approved and reimbursed by USAC to the health care provider's (HCP's) billing account. If your company participates in the RHC Program, it is imperative that the HCP be credited in a timely manner. 
If you participate in the RHC Program and haven't applied the credit for RHC Program support to your HCP's bill, please do so as soon as possible.
In the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program, a component of the RHC Program, invoicing is a joint process between the HCP and the service provider. Work with the HCP to complete these steps:
  • Upon receipt of the bill, the HCP creates and submits an FCC Form 463 (Invoice and Request for Disbursement Form) to USAC for the services received. The HCP must certify that the invoice is accurate, and that they paid a 35 percent contribution.
  • The service provider will receive a notification that there is an FCC Form 463 invoice pending review in My Portal. At that point the service provider should review the invoice and then submit it to USAC for payment (or reject it and return it to the HCP if it requires revisions).
  • The service provider then needs to certify that they understand that they must apply the amount submitted, approved, and paid by USAC to the HCP billing account. 
In the Telecom Program, the other component of the RHC Program, the service provider is responsible for invoicing. Here are the steps:
  • The service provider receives and reviews the HCP Support Schedule (HSS) sent by USAC and then starts applying the approved discounts as soon as possible.
  • Once discounts have begun, log in to My Portal and submit an online invoice to USAC. At this time, the service provider certifies the accuracy of the invoice and that the HCP has been credited with the support amount. 
If you need help, contact the RHC Program Help Desk team via email or by phone at (800) 453-1546.


498/499 Spotlight


3Q 2015