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Funding Year 2020 Filing Window

January 15, 2020 – April 29, 2020

This page provides Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program applicants with the resources needed to file an application to request funding during the Funding Year (FY) 2020 application filing window.

The FY2020 application filing window closed on April 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

FCC Form 470

The application process begins with a competitive bidding process. This is a formal process to identify and request the products and services you need so that potential service providers can review your requests and submit bids. To requests bids for service, applicants certify an FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

Deadline: The FCC Form 470 must be certified in EPC at least 28 days before the close of the filing window for the funding year in which services are requested. April 1, 2020 was the last possible day to certify an FY2020 FCC Form 470 and still be able to certify an FCC Form 471 within the FY2020 filing window.

FCC Form 471

After you close your competitive bidding process, you can evaluate the bids received and choose the bid that is the most cost-effective. To apply for program discounts, applicants file an FCC Form 471 in EPC to provide USAC with information about the services they are requesting and the discount(s) for which they are eligible.

Deadline: The FCC Form 471 must be certified on or before April 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, the date that the filing window closed. Applications filed after this date will be considered out-of-window.


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