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Tribal Training

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.

E-rate Success in the Tribal Community
E-rate Success in the Tribal Community

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.

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Monthly Teleconference

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 Q2 Schedule

  • April 13, 2021
  • May 11, 2021
  • June 8, 2021

Trainings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will be virtual.

Upcoming Training Schedule

There are no upcoming E-rate Tribal trainings at this time.

USAC routinely hosts free live online training events on E-rate topics. Check the Webinars page for the schedule.

Recorded Trainings

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

Overview
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.

Watch a recording

August 5, 2020

Guest Moderator: Kara Bobroff, A Professional in Native Education

Overview
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.

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August 6, 2020

Guest Moderator: Cindy Hohl, President, American Indian Library Association

Overview
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.

Watch a recording

August 11, 2020

Overview
During this session, USAC answered the questions and concerns generated from the previous three sessions.

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E-rate Training Series (November 2020)

November 4, 2020

Overview
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.

Watch a recording

  • November 4, 2020

Overview
During this webinar, we provide a high-level overview of the application process from beginning to end and explain basic program concepts for applicants and service providers.

Watch a recording

Webinar slides

November 4, 2020

Overview
Join us for a walkthrough of the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), the account and application management portal for the E-rate Program.

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November 5, 2020

Overview
During this webinar, we discuss the E-rate Pre-Commitment Process (getting started, competitive bidding, applying for discounts, and Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) review).

Watch a recording

Webinar slides

November 5, 2020

Overview
During this webinar, we discuss Category Two (C2) budgets. We provide an overview of C2 budgets and C2 budget guidance for FY2021.

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Webinar slides

November 5, 2020

Overview

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:

Watch a recording

November 6, 2020

Overview
During this webinar, we discuss the E-rate Post-Commitment Process and other post-commitment activities, including starting services, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), service substitutions, appeals, and more.

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Webinar slides

November 6, 2020

Overview
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.

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Webinar slides

November 6, 2020

Overview
During this webinar, we provide a basic overview of E-rate eligible services.

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Webinar slides

November 10, 2020

Overview
During this session, USAC answered the questions and concerns generated from the nine-part E-rate Training Series.

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FCC Form 470 and 471 Walkthrough Series for Tribal Applicants (February/March 2021)

February 9, 2021
4:00 p.m. ET
Watch a recording
Webinar slides

Overview

Join us for the first webinar in the series designed to walk applicants through the steps for filing an FY2021 FCC Form 470. The webinar will include a step-by-step demonstration of filing the form and will be followed by a Q&A session.

  • Recommended for: Tribal E-rate Applicants
  • E-rate Experience Level: All levels

To prepare for the webinar, we recommend that you review the E-rate Program’s website:

March 9, 2021
4:00 p.m. ET
Watch a recording
Webinar slides

Overview

Join us for the second webinar in the series designed to walk applicants through an FY2021 FCC Form 471. It will include a step-by-step demonstration of filing the form and a Q&A session.

  • Recommended for: Tribal E-rate Applicants
  • E-rate Experience Level: All levels

To prepare for the webinar, we recommend that you review the E-rate Program’s website:

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please contact USAC Tribal Liaison, Kraynal Alfred.