Announcements

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 –
*FCC Form 470 video series: https://www.usac.org/e-rate/learn/videos/
*Starting FY2020 (10 minutes):https://www.usac.org/video/sl/2019/starting-fy2020/story_html5.html

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.