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Announcements

October 16, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 10/16/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

October 14, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: October 18-19

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, October 19 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

October 14, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: October 16-17

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 16 through 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 17 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

October 13, 2020
Out-of-window message for second FY2020 filing window

Applicants who certify an FCC Form 471 in the second FY2020 filing window will receive an out-of-window warning message. This message is an artifact from the first FY2020 filing window, and does not apply to a second-window FCC Form 471 certified before 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 16.

October 13, 2020
Client Service Bureau (CSB) Extended Hours

The Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be open extra hours during the last two days of the second FY2020 filing window to allow applicants to take advantage of the opportunity to get answers to any last-minute questions.

CSB’s regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT weekdays. In addition to those times, CSB will be open:

  • Thursday, October 15: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, October 16: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. EDT (Saturday, October 17)

If an agent is not available when you call, please open a customer service case in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and we will respond as quickly as possible.

October 9, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 10/9/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

October 2, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 10/2/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

October 2, 2020
USAC Phone Outage

The USAC telephone system is currently down. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as the Contributor Support Center. We are working to resolve the issue and apologize for the inconvenience. 
***Update: The USAC telephone system may be down intermittently. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as the Contributor Support Center. Please email your questions by visiting the Contact USAC web page as we work to resolve this issue. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

September 30, 2020
USAC Phone Outage

The USAC telephone system is currently down. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as the Contributor Support Center. We are working to resolve the issue and apologize for the inconvenience.  
***Update: The USAC Phone System is operational again. Thank you for your patience during this outage.

September 29, 2020
USAC Phone Outage

The USAC telephone system is currently down. The outage includes individual USAC employee phones as well as the Contributor Support Center. We are working to resolve the issue and apologize for the inconvenience.  
***Update: The USAC Phone System is operational again. Thank you for your patience during this outage.

September 25, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 9/25/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

September 24, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 24

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on September 24, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices, file FCC Form 473 (SPAC Form), and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

September 22, 2020
Chief Executive Officer of Staten Island Technology Company Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

John Comito, Chief Executive Officer of Staten Island Technology pleads guilty to stealing and defrauding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC), E-rate Program earmarked for computer equipment and services at economically disadvantaged Catholic schools in New York City. The matter was investigated by the FCC Office of Inspector General and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, New York Division and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York. DOJ Press Release

September 21, 2020
Second FY2020 Application Filing Window: September 21, 2020 – October 16, 2020

On September 16, 2020, the FCC released an Order (DA 20-1091) directing USAC to open a second FCC Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year (FY) 2020. This window opened today, Monday, September 21, 2020 at noon EDT and will close on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

September 21, 2020
Special Edition SL News Brief – Second FY2020 Filing Window Opens at Noon EDT Today

special edition issue of the SL News Brief (9/21/2020) is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

September 18, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 9/18/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

September 17, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 17-18

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from Thursday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m. EDT through Friday, September 18 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

September 16, 2020
FCC Directs USAC to Open Second FY2020 Filing Window

On September 16, 2020, the FCC issued an Order (DA 20-1091) directing USAC to open a second Funding Year (FY) 2020 application filing window upon publication of the Order in the Federal Register and close it on October 16, 2020. This window will allow schools to request additional
E-rate funding for FY2020 to purchase additional bandwidth needed to meet their unanticipated and increased demand for on-campus connectivity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 16, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 20-21

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, September 21 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

September 16, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 18-19

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 18 through 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, September 19 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

September 11, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 9/11/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

September 4, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 9/4/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

August 28, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 8/28/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

August 25, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 27

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on August 27, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices, file FCC Form 473 (SPAC Form), and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 21, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 8/21/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

August 19, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 23-24

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, August 24 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 14, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 8/14/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

August 13, 2020
FY2021+ Category Two Budget Tool Is Now Available

FY2021+ Category Two Budget Tool is designed to assist applicants in determining their Category Two budgets for each five-year cycle beginning with the first budget cycle, which starts in FY2021 and ends in FY2025. View the FY2021+ Category Two Budget Tool video tutorial to see how it works.

August 12, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 14-15

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 14 through 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 15 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 12, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 14-15

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from Friday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 a.m. EDT for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 10, 2020
BEAR Form Access Issue Is Now Resolved

USAC resolved the issue that prevented some users from accessing the FCC Form 472 (BEAR Form).

If you continue to experience any issues accessing the BEAR Form, please call the Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.

August 10, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Training Site Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 12

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) training site will be unavailable from Wednesday, August 12 at 1:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. EDT for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use the EPC training site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: EPC will not be affected by this maintenance.

August 7, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 8/7/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

August 5, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 6

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on August 6, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices, file FCC Form 473 (SPAC Form), and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 4, 2020
Impact of Tropical Storm Isaias on CSB

Tropical storm Isaias is currently moving through the area where our Client Service Bureau (CSB) is located, and affecting power and communications lines.

Please note that wait times for callers may be longer than usual.  We appreciate your patience.

July 31, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 7/31/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

July 30, 2020
BEAR Form Access Issue

Some users are experiencing issues with accessing the FCC Form 472 (BEAR Form). We are working on the issue and will provide an update once the issue is resolved. Thank you for your patience.

July 30, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: July 30

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on July 30, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices, file FCC Form 473 (SPAC Form), and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 27, 2020
Having Trouble Logging In with MFA?

Try the following:

  1. Use this sign-in link to start. Your browser may have stored an outdated One Portal link.
  2. Clear your browser cache, history, and cookies. Then close the browser and start a new session.
  3. We strongly recommend using Chrome or Firefox. Other browsers may not work well.
  4. However, don’t open an incognito window with versions of Chrome higher than 80.0. To find the version number in Chrome, choose Settings (under the three dots), then About Chrome.
  5. Check the spelling of your email address. If you drop a character or transpose two characters, the system won’t recognize you.
  6. Add noreply@usac.org to your safe senders list so you can receive our emails.
  7. Check the security settings on your computer, or ask your system administrator to see if our emails are being blocked.
  8. Make sure the time on your computer’s clock is correct.
  9. Check your browser settings for any privacy plug-ins. These may stop you from getting to the Create Password page.

We will post additional tips as we find them. If you are having problems, you can also call the Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.

July 27, 2020
New Login Process for EPC and BEAR

We have now deployed multifactor authentication (MFA) for program participants who log into the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the BEAR Form. The first time you log in to our One Portal system to access EPC or the BEAR Form, you will be asked to create a new password, and you will receive a second code through your email address which you must enter to complete the login process.

You should have received an email this morning with login instructions. You can also follow the login instructions in the July 17 SL News Brief.

If you are still having difficulties setting up your new password and logging in to One Portal, you can call our Client Service Bureau at (888) 203-8100.

July 24, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 7/24/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

July 22, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: July 26-27

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, July 27 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 21, 2020
FCC Issues Public Notice on Draft ESL for FY2021

On July 21, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice (DA 20-767) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2021 Eligible Services List (ESL). Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before August 20, 2020. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before September 4, 2020. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice.

July 21, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and BEAR Form System Maintenance: July 24-27

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and FCC Form 472 (BEAR Form) will be unavailable from Friday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. EDT in order to add these applications to One Portal (USAC’s multifactor authentication security system) and create accounts for all new One Portal users. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC or the BEAR Form. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have activities to perform in EPC or you want to file BEAR Forms, please plan accordingly. We plan to send out emails notifying you that you can log in to your new One Portal accounts starting at 9:00 am EDT on Monday, July 27.

July 17, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 7/17/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

July 17, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: July 20

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on July 20, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

July 15, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: July 17-18

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 17 through 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 18 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

July 10, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 7/10/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

July 2, 2020
E-rate CSB Closed July 3, 2020

The E-rate Client Service Bureau will be closed on Friday, July 3 to observe the Independence Day holiday. It will re-open on Monday, July 6 at  8 am ET. 

June 30, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 30

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on June 30, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

June 26, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 6/26/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

June 24, 2020
BEAR Training Site Temporarily Unavailable

The FCC Form 472 (BEAR Form) training site is temporarily unavailable and USAC is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We will post a second announcement when the BEAR training site becomes available again. We apologize for any inconvenience.

June 24, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 28-29

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, June 29 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

June 19, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 6/19/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

June 17, 2020
E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 19-20

E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 19 through 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 20 for system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

June 16, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 18

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on June 18, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

June 12, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 6/12/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

June 12, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 14

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable on Sunday, June 14 from 7:00 p.m. EDT through midnight EDT due to system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

June 5, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 6/5/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

June 4, 2020
FRN Status Tool Is Now Available

USAC completed maintenance on the FRN Status Tool. This tool can be accessed from the E-rate Tools page.

June 2, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 3

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 a.m. EDT through 4:00 a.m. EDT due to system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 29, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 5/29/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

May 27, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 31 – June 1

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, June 1 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 26, 2020
FRN Status Tool Temporarily Unavailable

The FRN Status Tool has been taken down for maintenance. At this point, we expect our maintenance to take several days.

While the tool is down, you can visit the Open Data tool on the USAC website to retrieve the information you need. The dataset on the second page of the tool – the E-rate Request for Discount on Services: FRN Status (FCC Form 471 and Related Information) – contains almost all of the data that is available in the FRN Status Tool. If you need help creating a report, you can review the Video Trainings by using the link at the top of the page or you can contact the dataset owner.

We will post a second announcement when the FRN Status tool is again available, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

May 22, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 5/22/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

May 21, 2020
Special Edition News Brief – COVID-19 Resources for Schools and Libraries

special edition issue of the News Brief (5/21/2020) is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

May 21, 2020
FCC Partners with IMLS to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in a May 21, 2020 press release that it is partnering with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to promote the use of $50 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help address the digital divide during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

May 21, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 26

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on May 26, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 15, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 5/15/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

May 13, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 15-16

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 15 through 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, May 16 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

May 11, 2020
USAC Issues First Wave for Funding Year 2020

On May 9, 2020, USAC issued the first wave of Funding Year (FY) 2020 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs). FY2020 Wave 1 included almost $680.7 million in funding commitments, and funding decisions on over 53% of the 38,207 applications that were received on or before the close of the FY2020 application filing window on April 29, 2020.

Each week, we will provide updates on FY2020 funding waves in the SL News Brief.

May 8, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 5/8/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

May 5, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 7

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on May 7, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. EDT for system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

May 4, 2020
Schools and Libraries FY2020 Demand Estimate

USAC’s estimate of demand for Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism discounts for Funding Year (FY) 2020 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) is $2.91 billion, of which $1.74 billion is for Category 1 services and $1.17 billion is for Category 2 services. This estimate is based on total funds requested in FCC Form 471 applications received on or before April 29, 2020, the close of the FY2020 FCC Form 471 filing window.

May 1, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 5/1/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

April 30, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 3-4

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, May 4 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

April 24, 2020
SL News Brief

The 4/24/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

April 20, 2020
Client Service Bureau (CSB) Extended Hours

We are publishing the extra hours the Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be open during the last five days of the filing window to allow applicants to take advantage of the opportunity to get answers to any last-minute questions.

CSB’s regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT weekdays. In addition to those times, CSB will be open:

  • Saturday, April 25: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, April 26: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, April 27: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, April 28: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, April 29: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. EDT (Thursday, April 30)

If an agent is not available when you call, please open a customer service case in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and we will respond as quickly as possible.

April 17, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 4/17/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

April 16, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: April 17-18

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 17 through 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 18 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

April 10, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 4/10/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

April 3, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 4/3/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

April 1, 2020
FCC Order Extends Certain Program Deadlines Due to COVID-19

On April 1, 2020, the FCC released an Order (DA 20-364) that temporarily waives and extends several E-rate filing and service implementation deadlines and provides all program participants an automatic 30-day extension to respond to information requests related to pending appeals, invoices, FCC Form 500 requests, and audits. For detailed information, please refer to the Order.

April 1, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: April 5-6

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, April 6 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March 27, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 3/27/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

March 25, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: March 27-28

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 27 through 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, March 28 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

March 24, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: March 29

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 a.m. EDT through 6:00 a.m. EDT for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March 20, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 3/20/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

March 18, 2020
FCC Waives RHC and E-rate Program Gift Rules Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 18, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order that waives the FCC’s gift rules applicable to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-rate programs, to assist rural health care providers and schools and libraries affected by the coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. This waiver will enable service providers to offer, and RHC and E-rate Program participants to solicit and accept, improved broadband connections or equipment for telehealth or remote learning during the COVID-19 outbreak without running afoul of FCC rules. For detailed information, please refer to the Order (DA 20-290) .

March 16, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: March 16

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on March 16, 2020 from 9:00 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. EDT for
system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March 16, 2020
USAC Remains Open for Business – DC Office Closed

At USAC, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic. USAC remains fully operational.

USAC’s Washington, DC office is closed. USAC staff will work remotely and can be reached at their USAC email and telephone numbers. 

While the way we work has changed, USAC will conduct the regular and ongoing work administering the Universal Service Fund. This includes processing and reviewing program applications, collecting contributions, disbursing payments, and implementing program guidance from the FCC. 

All USAC customer support centers remain open. Please be patient if you experience longer than usual wait times with our customer service teams as circumstances continue to change. 

To submit program documents to USAC, please create a case in EPC.

If you send other documents to USAC via mail or overnight delivery, you must also email a PDF copy to Outreach@usac.org.

USAC continues to monitor developments and will implement additional precautions if necessary. This is an evolving situation, and we will keep you informed of any changes.

March 13, 2020
Application Window Extended Due to COVID-19

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) has directed USAC to extend the deadline for applicants to submit their FY2020 FCC Form 471 applications by an additional 35 days. E-rate applicants will now have until Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT to submit their FY2020 FCC Form 471 applications. The Bureau also directed USAC to provide all applicants with an automatic, 14-day extension for Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) requests. The actions were taken to minimize potential disruptions caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The public notice announcing the action can be found here.

March 13, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 3/13/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

March 6, 2020
March 12 E-rate Office Hour Webinar: FY2020 C2 Budget Tool

We are hosting our next webinar on Thursday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for E-rate participants of all experience levels. Click this link to register.

For this webinar, the recommended training materials are:

This office hour webinar will consist of a brief verbal summary of the online training materials followed by a demonstration of the FY2020 Category Two Budget Tool. After the demonstration, we will conduct a Q&A session to answer questions.

We recommend that participants review the suggested online training materials to help them formulate questions in advance. The majority of the session will be dedicated to Q&A, so please come prepared with your questions.

March 6, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 3/6/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

March 4, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: March 8-9

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, March 9 at 1:00 a.m. EDT for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

February 28, 2020
Special Edition News Brief – FY2020 C2 Budget Tool

special edition issue of the News Brief(2/28/2020) is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

February 25, 2020
Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Concealing Decade-Long E-Rate Wire Fraud Scheme

Mark J. Whitaker pleaded guilty to misprision of wire fraud. From 2004 until August 13, 2014, Whitaker actively concealed a scheme directed by his co-defendant, Charles “Chuck” Jones, to defraud the federal E-Rate Program. According to the Superseding Indictment, the E-Rate Program allegedly paid Jones and his companies approximately $6.9 million as a result of the fraud. Wire fraud and conspiracy charges against Chuck Jones are still pending. The matter was investigated by the FCC Office of Inspector General and the FBI and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. DOJ Press Release

February 21, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 2/21/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

February 21, 2020
Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: February 21-22

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems and E-File will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21 through 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, February 22 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

February 20, 2020
February 27 E-rate Office Hour Webinar: Service Provider Selection and FCC Form 471

We are hosting our next webinar on Thursday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This office hour webinar will focus on our online E-rate Program Training Series module, “Application Process” and our FCC Form 471 video series. Attendees should review these items before the webinar. You can use this link to register for the event.

Recommended for: Applicants and service providers
E-rate experience level: All

Prerequisites for this webinar – Review one or more of these items:

February 14, 2020
Seven Defendants Plead Guilty To Defrauding Federal Program That Provided Technology Funding For Rockland County Schools

Defendants charged with defrauding the E-rate program all pled guilty to conspiring against the United States and admitted their roles in a massive scheme that stole millions of dollars from the program. The matter was investigated by the FCC Office of Inspector General, FBI and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. DOJ Press Release

February 14, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 2/14/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

February 7, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 2/7/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

February 5, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: February 9-10

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET through Monday, February 10 at 1:00 a.m. ET for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

February 5, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: February 6

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on February 6, 2020 from 9:00 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. ET for
system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

February 3, 2020
January 30, 2020 – DOJ Statement

Dallas Charter School CEO Convicted in Kickback Scheme Sentenced to 7+ Years. DOJ Press Release

January 31, 2020
February 6 E-rate Office Hour Webinars: Eligible Services

We are hosting our next webinars on Thursday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET and 2:30 p.m. ET. Both office hour webinars will focus on our online E-rate Program Training Series module, “Eligible Services” and the Funding Year (FY) 2020 Eligible Services List. Attendees should review these items before the webinar. Please register for the session that reflects your E-rate experience level.

Advanced Eligible Services – Thursday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Recommended for: Applicants and service providers
E-rate experience level: Advanced

Eligible Services for Beginners – Thursday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Recommended for: Applicants and service providers
E-rate experience level: Beginner

Prerequisites for both webinars – Review one or both of these items:

January 31, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 1/31/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

January 29, 2020
SL Tools and Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: January 31

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program tools and legacy systems will be unavailable on January 31, 2019 from 10:00 p.m. through midnight ET for
system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use E-rate Program search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

January 27, 2020
FCC Eliminates E-rate Amortization Requirement

On January 27, 2020, the FCC released a Report and Order (FCC 20-3) eliminating the requirement that applicants amortize upfront, non-recurring charges of $500,000 or more over three years, a requirement originally put in place in calendar year 2000.

In 2014, the FCC suspended this requirement through Funding Year 2018. In January 2019, the FCC proposed permanently eliminating the requirement and waived it for the duration of the rulemaking process. Through this Report and Order, it has now been permanently eliminated.

January 24, 2020
FRN Balance Confirmations Issued Next Week

Each year, USAC undergoes an agreed-upon-procedures (AUP) review. The firm performing the review emails a number of balance verifications (“confirmations”) to applicants and service providers. The purpose of these confirmations is to verify that the balances reported by USAC on specific Funding Request Numbers (FRNs) match the balances in the records of the applicants and service providers.

Next week, the firm reviewing USAC will send confirmations to a number of applicants and service providers. Each confirmation features the balance reported by USAC on a specific FRN as of October 31, 2019.

Applicants and service providers should review their records and respond by either:

• Agreeing with the balance featured on the confirmation or
• If it is different, noting the balance as of October 31, 2019 on their records and explaining how they determined that balance.

The confirmations are being sent from confirmations@us.pwc.com. We ask that you check your email filters for messages from this domain name, and respond promptly to any confirmations you receive.

January 24, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 1/24/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

January 24, 2020
2019 Online Service Provider Training Series Now Available

The 2019 online service provider training series is now available. This series provides a self-paced, online learning option for those E-rate Program participants who were unable to attend our fall training events or who want a refresher. We encourage you to view the offerings in this series and let us know what you think by using the evaluation at the end of each training module.

January 22, 2020
January 29 E-rate Office Hour Webinar: FCC Form 470 and Competitive Bidding

We are hosting our next webinar on Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This office hour webinar will focus on our online E-rate Program Training Series module, “Starting Funding Year (FY) 2020” and our FCC Form 470 video series. Attendees should review these items before the webinar. You can use this link to register for the event.

Recommended for: Applicants
E-rate experience level: Beginner

Prerequisites for this webinar –

January 17, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 1/17/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

January 15, 2020
Funding Year (FY) 2020 Filing Window Is Now Open

The FY2020 application filing window opened at noon EST on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The filing window will close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

January 15, 2020
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: January 17-18

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 17 through 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, January 18 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

January 10, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 1/10/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

January 9, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The FY2020 Letter to the Field, the 1/9/2020 Special Edition SL News Brief, is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

January 8, 2020
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: January 12-13

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET through Monday, January 13 at 1:00 a.m. ET for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

January 3, 2020
SL News Brief Issued

The 1/3/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

December 26, 2019
January 21 Webinar: Category Two (C2) Budgets

We are hosting our next webinar on Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET. In this webinar, we will discuss Category Two (C2) budgets. We will provide an overview of C2 budgets and C2 budget guidance for Funding Years 2020 and 2021. 

This webinar is designed for applicants and service providers of all E-rate experience levels. You can use this link to register for the event.

December 26, 2019
E-rate Client Service Bureau: Open on December 31 from 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. ET, and Closed January 1

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program’s Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be open on December 31 from 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. ET.

CSB will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 and will reopen Thursday, January 2 for the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

December 22, 2019
E-rate Client Service Bureau Closed: Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program’s Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. CSB will reopen Thursday, December 26 for the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

December 20, 2019
SL News Brief Issued

The 12/20/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

December 20, 2019
Funding Year (FY) 2020 Window to Open on January 15, 2020

The FY2020 application filing window will open at noon EST on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The administrative window will close shortly before the filing window opens. We will provide the exact date and time in the near future. However, we strongly encourage applicants to update their profile information in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) as soon as possible.

December 20, 2019
Winter Deferral Starts Today

Many E-rate Program participants are unavailable during the winter holiday season, and USAC recognizes that participants may need additional time to respond to requests for information.

During our annual winter deferral period, Friday, December 20, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020, USAC will only continue reviews of forms and requests where documentation has already been received or participants respond to information requests sent in EPC. 

If USAC does not receive a response during this period, the form or request will be placed in a deferred status until January 3, 2020. 

December 19, 2019
Updating Account Administrators in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC)

Applicants who intend to update their Account Administrator in EPC must have their current Account Administrator assign this role to someone else. If your current Account Administrator is leaving or changing responsibilities, they can assign those duties to another employee by using the Modify Account Administrator function in EPC.

If your Account Administrator is no longer available, you will need to draft a written request on your entity’s letterhead that includes the information below:

  • Billed Entity Number
  • New Account Administrator’s name
  • New Account Administrator’s job title
  • New Account Administrator’s street address
  • New Account Administrator’s phone number
  • New Account Administrator’s email address. This email address cannot contain a consultant’s name or consultant’s email domain.
  • A brief statement that the current Account Administrator is absent or no longer with the entity.
  • Signature of new Account Administrator.

You must be an employee of the applicant to assume the Account Administrator role. If you have an EPC user account, you can attach this request to an EPC customer service case, or you can call the Client Service Bureau (CSB) at 888-203-8100 for assistance.

December 19, 2019
CEO of Staten Island Technology Company Indicted

CEO of Staten Island technology company indicted for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for internet access at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release on December 16, 2019 announcing the indictment of John Comito, CEO of AutExec Computer Systems, Inc. for mail and wire fraud in connection with the E-rate Program.

December 16, 2019
E-rate Client Service Bureau (CSB) Holiday Hours
  • Monday, December 23: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Thursday, December 26: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, December 27: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Monday, December 30: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, December 31: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Thursday, January 2: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, January 3: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET

December 13, 2019
2019 Online Applicant Training Series Now Available

The 2019 online applicant training series is now available. This series provides a self-paced, online learning option for those E-rate Program participants who were unable to attend our fall training events or who want a refresher. We encourage you to view the offerings in this series and let us know what you think by using the evaluation at the end of each training module. The 2019 online service provider training series will be available soon.

December 13, 2019
SL News Brief Issued

The 12/13/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

December 13, 2019
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: December 13-14

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 13 through 2:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, December 14 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

December 11, 2019
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: December 15-16

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET through Monday, December 16 at 1:00 a.m. ET for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

December 10, 2019
FCC Releases FY2020 Eligible Services List

The FCC has released the Eligible Services List (ESL) for Funding Year (FY) 2020 (DA 19-1249, released December 9, 2019). Appendix A contains the ESL.

December 6, 2019
SL News Brief Issued

The 12/6/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

December 4, 2019
FCC Issues Category Two Budget Report and Order

The FCC has issued a Report and Order (FCC 19-117, released December 3, 2019) to permanently extend the Category Two budget approach with some modifications.

This order extends the Category Two test period through Funding Year (FY) 2020 and provides a prorated portion of Category Two funding, or 20%, to all applicants for the additional year. The order also adopts a modified Category Two budget approach starting with FY2021. It also waives the requirement that the Eligible Services List for FY2020 be released at least 60 days prior to the opening of the FY2020 application filing window.

December 3, 2019
E-File System Outage Due to System Maintenance: December 3-4

The E-File System and the FCC Form 474, Service Provider Invoice (SPI) Form will be unavailable on December 3 from 6:00 p.m. to December 4 at 2:00 a.m. ET due to system maintenance.

During this time, service providers will be unable to access the E-File System or file SPI Forms online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

December 2, 2019
Special Edition News Brief – MFA for Service Providers

A special edition issue of the News Brief (12/2/2019) is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

November 27, 2019
E-rate Client Service Bureau Closed: Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program’s Client Service Bureau (CSB) will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. CSB will reopen Monday, December 2 for the regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

November 26, 2019
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: November 26

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on November 26, 2019 from 9:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. ET for
system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize
for any inconvenience.

November 22, 2019
SL News Brief Issued

The 11/22/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

November 20, 2019
December 11 Webinar: Preparing for FY2020

We are hosting our next webinar, Preparing for Funding Year (FY) 2020, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This webinar is designed for applicants and service providers of all E-rate experience levels. In this webinar, we will provide tips on how program participants can update their entity profiles in EPC and provide other important reminders to help participants prepare for the FY2020 application filing window. You can use this link to register for the event.

November 19, 2019
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: November 22-23

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Friday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET through Saturday November 23 at 9:00 a.m. ET for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

November 15, 2019
SL News Brief Issued

The 11/15/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

November 14, 2019
E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: November 17-18

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET through Monday, November 18 at 1:00 a.m. ET for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

November 14, 2019
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: November 15-16

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, November 15 through 2:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, November 16 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

November 11, 2019
Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: November 11 & 12

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable on November 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. ET for
system maintenance. On November 12, 2019, E-rate legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. ET for additional system maintenance.

During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. The BEAR training site will also be unavailable. We apologize
for any inconvenience.

November 11, 2019
SL News Brief Issued

The 11/8/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

November 11, 2019
Updated USAC Website

USAC has launched an updated version of the USAC website. The updated site features design and functionality changes to help users find the information they need, when they need it. The site’s new program homepages put key dates and resources front and center. Information will be updated throughout the year to reflect each program’s lifecycle.

While most of the site’s content hasn’t changed, expanded menus make it easy to navigate to the information you need and improved search
functionality makes it easier to find answers. For example, updated FAQs allow users to search by topic or specific keywords.

The site responds to mobile devices and all operating systems and meets 508 accessibility standards.

With the migration to the updated website, not all USAC URLs will be maintained. This means that any hyperlinks or bookmarks to USAC web content that are not maintained, including PDFs and CSV templates, will redirect users to USAC’s updated landing page, USAC.org, where they can use the improved search functionality to navigate to the content they seek.

For more information on USAC’s new website, watch this brief video highlighting some of the site’s new features.

We will continue to provide updates about the website in the SL News Brief, and the Client Service Bureau (888-203-8100) is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, to help stakeholders with additional questions.