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The E-Rate Tribal e-Newsletter is a Tribal outreach effort that supports USAC’s Tribal Training initiative to help Tribal schools and libraries (E-Rate) program applicants to learn about and to successfully participate in the E-Rate program. Click on the dates below to access a copy of USAC’s archived E-Rate Tribal outreach emails.

May 2022

5/11/2022 5/26/2022
  • Review the FCC Form 471 Training Materials
  • FCC Waiver Required for Out-of-Window Applications (Submitted after May 26, 2022)
  • Register for Session 4: Office Hours for Tribal E-Rate Applicants on May 17, 2022
  • E-Rate Extends Customer Service Center Hours for Today’s Tribal Library Application Deadline
  • Next Steps
  • E-Rate Tribal e-Newsletter Page Launched

April 2022

4/11/2022 4/25/2022
  • E-Rate Information Session for Tribal Libraries Applications Webinar
  • Other Announcements: Emergency Connectivity Fund Program
  • FY2022 Extended E-Rate Training Series for New Tribal Libraries
  • FY2022 E-Rate Deadline Approaching
    for New Tribal Library Applicants
  • More Announcements: Emergency Connectivity Fund Program
  • Upcoming Training

March 2022

3/4/2022 Dear Tribal Leader Letter: 3/11/2022 3/29/2022
  • Our monthly calls will soon transform to a FAQ Office Hours format
  • A critical FY2022 application deadline has passed
  • FY2022 E-Rate Tribal Training Series
  • FCC WCB Extends the E-Rate Application Deadline for New Tribal Library Applicants to May 26
  • Clarifying Tribal Library Eligibility
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • USAC scheduled additional training
  • Thank you for helping us in our efforts to raise awareness
  • Dear Tribal Leader Letter issued on March 11

February 2022

2/11/2022
  • A Critical FY2022 Application Deadline is Approaching
  • Frequently Asked Question
  • USAC sent a Dear Tribal Leader letter about the Tribal Library Order

January 2022

1/11/2022 Dear Tribal Leader Letter: 1/27/2022
  • Critical dates for Funding Year (FY) 2022
  • Special Announcement
  • Get Started
  • FCC Makes It Easier For Tribal Libraries To Get E-Rate Support–Apply Now
  • Tribal Library Order
  • Get Started: Create New Profiles for New Users and Entities

December 2021

12/2/2021
  • E-Rate Tribal and E-Rate Training Series Recordings
  • Post-Training FAQ Session for Tribal Applicants
  • Reminder: Update Your EPC Profiles

November 2021

11/5/2021
  • Happy National Native American Heritage Month!
  • E-Rate Fall Training Series
  • Post-Training Series FAQ Session for Tribal Applicants

October 2021

10/8/2021 10/20/2021
  • E-Rate Tribal Teleconference is canceled
  • Second Emergency Connectivity Fund Application filing window
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund Office Hours Session for Tribal Applicants
  • FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and
    FCC Tribal Listening
  • FCC published a NPRM, 86 FR 57097
  • USAC and the E-Rate program cannot accept or process your submissions

September 2021

9/10/2021 9/13/2021
  • E-Rate Tribal Teleconference Guest Speaker
  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • FCC Releases Hurricane Relief Order
  • Reminder: Monthly E-Rate Tribal Teleconference
  • Supporting Broadband for Tribal Libraries Through E-Rate
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund Office Hours Session for Tribal Applicants

August 2021

8/6/2021
  • E-Rate Tribal Teleconference is canceled
  • Equipment Transfers Webinar and review the supporting materials
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Tribal Applicant Office Hours

July 2021

7/7/2021
  • Monthly E-Rate Tribal Teleconference Topics
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Tribal Applicant Office Hours

June 2021

6/3/2021
  • E-Rate Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Process Overview
  • Other Announcements: Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

May 2021

5/6/2021 5/11/2021
  • E-Rate program held a two-part webinar series
  • E-Rate Invoicing Dataset
  • E-Rate Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Process Overview
  • Postponed Event: E-Rate Tribal Teleconference

April 2021

4/9/2021 4/28/2021
  • Funding Year (FY) 2021 application filing window closed
  • Filing an FCC Waiver
  • E-Rate Tribal Teleconference
  • Special edition of the E-Rate Tribal e-Newsletter
  • E-Rate Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Process
    Overview
  • More E-Rate Training Opportunities

March 2021

3/5/2021
  • February 25, 2021 was the Deadline for Many Program Participants
  • If You Missed Either of These Deadlines
  • Session 2: FCC Form 471 Walkthrough Demo

February 2021

2/5/2021 2/24/2021
  • FCC Seeks Comment On Using E-Rate Funding To Support Remote Learning
  • FCC Forms 470 and 471 Webinar Series
  • Funding Year (FY) 2021 Application Filing Window
  • Reminder: FCC Form 471 Walkthrough
    Demo for Tribal Applicants
  • E-Rate Office Hour Webinars: Recorded and Upcoming
  • Latest Date that You Can Certify an FCC Form 470

January 2021

1/8/2021 1/26/2021
  • The E-Rate Tribal Training Page Has a New Look
  • Two Important Dates are Approaching Fast
  • E-Rate Tribal Teleconference
  • FCC Forms 470 and 471 Webinar Series for Tribal Applicants
  • FY2021 Application Filing Window
  • Upcoming E-Rate Office Hour Webinars

December 2020

12/4/2020
  • E-Rate Tribal Teleconference
  • Newly Released FY2021 Eligible Services List
  • Training Recordings Are Available Online

November 2020

11/2/2020 11/6/2020
  • Reminder: E-Rate Training
  • A Post-Training FAQ Session for Tribal Applicants
  • More Upcoming Events
  • E-Rate Online Training Series wraps up
  • A Post-Training FAQ Session for Tribal Applicants
  • At-A-Glance: E-Rate Training Schedule

October 2020

10/8/2020
  • Teleconference Topics
    •  Second FY2020 Application Filing Window
      • Reminder: Closes on October 16, 2020 at 11:59:59 PM ET
    • Streamlined BEAR Process
    • Update on Fall Training
    • Q&A

September 2020

9/3/2020
  • Teleconference Topics
    • Update on Processing Program Deadlines Due to COVID-19
    • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Update
    • 2019 Supply Chain Order
    • Q&A

August 2020

8/7/2020
  • Final Session of the Virtual E-Rate Information Series for Tribal Applicants
  • Special Thank You to Our Guest Moderators and Participants

July 2020

7/6/2020 7/10/2020 7/23/2020
  • Virtual E-Rate Information Series for Tribal
    Applicants
  • Session 1: The E-Rate Program Information Overview
  • Session 2: Best E-Rate Practices Shared by Tribal Schools
  • Session 3: Best E-Rate Practices Shared by Tribal Libraries
  • Session 4: FAQ Session for Tribal Schools and Libraries
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • Multifactor Authentication
    • FCC Form 470 for FY2021
    • Reminders for Deadline Extensions
    • Upcoming: Virtual E-Rate Information Series for Tribal Applicants
    • Q&A
  • Reminder: Tribal Info Series and Tribal Training
  • Lifeline Tribal Training

June 2020

6/4/2020
  • USAC launched the USAC’s COVID-19 Response page
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • E-Rate COVID -19 Resources Page
    • FCC Form 486
    • Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Review
    • Summer Contact Period (“Summer Deferral”)

May 2020

5/8/2020 5/12/2020 5/14/2020
  • USAC continues to operate with staff working remotely
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • Did You Miss the Filing Window? Filing an FCC Waiver
    • Next Steps after Filing FCC Form 471: The Basic PIA Review Process
    • Questions and Answers
  • Updated Agenda for the E-Rate Tribal Teleconference
  • Guest Speakers from the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Museum and Library
    Services
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Resources for Schools and Libraries
  • Follow-Up Info: E-Rate Tribal Teleconference
  • Resources Referenced by the Guest Speakers
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • Institute of Museum and Library Services

April 2020

4/9/2020
  • USAC’s Washington, DC office is closed with all staff working remotely
  • USAC’s COVID-19 Response web page
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • FCC Form 471 Reminders
    • New FCC Orders
    • E-rate’s Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Open to Suggestions for Communications
    • Questions and Answers

March 2020

3/5/2020 3/9/2020
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • Contracts
    • FY2020 C2 Budget Tool
    • Q&A
  • A Two-part Tribal Training Webinar Series

February 2020

2/6/2020 2/13/2020 2/20/2020 2/26/2020
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • FCC Form 470 reminders
    • FY2020 Eligible Services Overview
    • Category Two Budgets
    • Preparing to file FCC Form 471
    • Upcoming webinars
  • FCC Form 471 Webinar Reminder
  • FCC Form 471 Webinar Reminder
  • FCC Form 470 – Deadline is Today
  • Resources
  • FCC Form 471 – The Next Form in the Process
  • Tribal Training: FCC Form 471 Demo Webinar

January 2020

1/9/2020 1/17/2020 1/24/2020
  • Tribal Teleconference Topics
    • The FY 2020 Filling Window for Form 471
    • Other Upcoming Dates
    • Upcoming Webinar(s)
    • Q&A
  • FCC Form 470 Webinar
  • FCC Form 470 Webinar Reminder