USAC created the Tribal Training initiative to help Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program applicants on Tribal lands participate effectively in the E-rate Program. Our goal is to reduce the digital divide and promote high-speed broadband connectivity to Tribal schools and libraries.
Members of the E-rate Program staff are available to help Tribal applicants navigate the program, assist with solving and preventing funding issues, answer questions, provide training materials and guidance, and more.
Determine and Designate Your Entity’s Tribal Status
An E-rate applicant may self-identify as a Tribal entity in their EPC entity profile if the majority of students or library patrons served are Tribal members; the entity is located partially or entirely on Tribal land; the entity is a school operated by or receiving funding from the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE); or the entity is a school or library operated by a Tribal Nation.
Watch an instructional video on how to designate your entity’s Tribal status.
The E-rate Program hosts a monthly teleconference for Tribal E-rate Program applicants to discuss special topics, share program updates, and ask any questions.
Monthly calls are generally held at 4:00 p.m. ET on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted below. Contact the USAC Tribal Liaison for the call-in information and agenda.
2021 Q1 Schedule
- January 12, 2021
- February 9, 2021
- March 9, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will be virtual.
Upcoming Training Schedule
USAC routinely hosts free live online training events on E-rate topics. Check the Webinars page for the schedule.
There are no upcoming Tribal trainings listed at this time.
Below is a list of two recorded training series for E-rate Program participants. Each series includes a frequently asked question (FAQ) session for Tribal applicants.
Virtual Information Series for Tribal Applicants (July/August 2020)
July 29, 2020
In this session, USAC presents an overview of the E-rate Program. It covers general topics, such as the application process, the competitive bidding requirements, important program terms, eligibility, and program discounts. Additionally, it reviews specific items of interest to Tribal participants, including the Tribal designation box in the E-rate Productivity (EPC) entity profile, and State/Tribal matching funds.
August 5, 2020
Guest Moderator: Kara Bobroff, A Professional in Native Education
During this session, Tribal schools had the opportunity to discuss key E-rate topics, issues, challenges, and practical solutions. USAC provided a brief overview of the competitive bidding rules.
August 6, 2020
Guest Moderator: Cindy Hohl, President, American Indian Library Association
During this session, Tribal libraries had the opportunity to discuss key topics, issues, challenges, and practical solutions with USAC and other program participants. USAC provided a brief overview of the competitive bidding rules.
August 11, 2020
During this session, USAC answered the questions and concerns generated from the previous three sessions.
E-rate Training Series (November 2020)
November 4, 2020
Join USAC as we review Funding Year (FY) 2020 and look forward to FY2021. Subject matter experts provide updates on their specific E-rate Program areas and a view ahead.
November 4, 2020
Join us for a walkthrough of the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), the account and application management portal for the E-rate Program.
November 5, 2020
Join us for a walkthrough demonstration of the FY2021+ Category Two Budget Tool. We recommend that participants review the suggested online training materials in advance.
Prerequisites for this webinar – Review one or more of these items:
November 6, 2020
During this webinar, we discuss the administrative window – the period during which applicants can make updates to their profile information in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) to prepare for the upcoming FCC Form 471 application filing window.
- Ready to apply? See the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) page for more information.
- Subscribe to the weekly SL News Brief and the SL Tribal Training Newsletter to receive valuable deadline reminders, prompts for the monthly call, and training announcements.
- Visit the Videos page to watch step-by-step tutorials.
- Register for a webinar or watch a recording on our Webinars page.
- View the Tribal Training presentations archive.
- Visit the USAC Tribal Nations page.
- Are you a Tribally-owned service provider? See the service provider process for more information.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact USAC Tribal Liaison, Kraynal Alfred.