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Weekly SL News Brief

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program News Brief will give you information about upcoming funding commitments, tips to help you through the application process, and other timely information.

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Published Editions

The SL News Brief is published on the website and in the E-rate Productivity (EPC) News feed. Published editions from the past year are available below.

If you would like a copy of an older edition, please visit the SL News Brief archive.

April 2021

4/2/2021 4/9/2021 4/16/2021
  • New certification requirements for national supply chain
  • Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Review
  • Invoicing Dataset
 

 

March 2021

3/5/2021 3/12/2021 3/19/2021 3/26/2021
  • Reminders on evaluating bids
  • New One Portal terms and conditions
  • Extended CSB hours
  • Interim SPIN
  • FCC Form 471 filing reminders
  • FY2021 FCC Form 473 available
  • Last-minute FCC Form 471 filing tips
  • Next Steps Related to the FY2021 Application Filing Window

 

February 2021

2/5/2021 2/12/2021 2/19/2021 2/26/2021
  • FCC Public Notice DA 21-98
  • FCC Form 470 reminders
  • February 17 webinar details
  • FAQs from eligible services webinars
  • Reminder of February 25 invoicing deadline
  • Invoice deadline changes due to RFCDLs
  • FCC Form 470 reminders
  • What to do if you missed the February 25 invoicing and/or FCC Form 470 deadlines
  • Document retention reminders

 

January 2021

1/8/2021 1/15/2021 1/22/2021 1/29/2021
  • Learn section updates
  • Admin window closes 1/13/2021, FY2021 filing window opens 1/15/2021
  • Designating your Tribal status
  • System ideas and enhancements documents
  • Office hour webinars – list and registration
  • Preparing for the FY2021 filing window
  • January 27 eligible service webinars for advanced users and beginners
  • FY2021 FCC Form 471 bulk upload templates
  • Change to invoice review process
  • Upcoming webinars
  • January 27 eligible services webinar recording
  • February 25 invoicing deadline information

December 2020

12/4/2020 12/11/2020 12/18/2020 12/22/2020
  • Fall 2020 Training – Frequently Asked Questions from November 6 presentations
  • Order FCC 20-178
  • PQA requests going out
  • Usability modifications to USAC website
  • Additions/corrections to three fall training FAQs
  • FCC extends gift rule waiver
  • CSB reduced hours
  • AUP audits
  • Winter deferral period starts today
  • Letter to the Field for FY2021
  • FY2021 Application Filing Window opens January 15, 2021

November 2020

11/6/2020 11/13/2020 11/20/2020
  • Fall 2020 training recordings available
  • Fall 2020 Training – Frequently Asked Questions from November 4 presentations
  • Fall 2020 Training – Frequently Asked Questions from November 5 presentations

October 2020

10/2/2020 10/9/2020 10/16/2020 10/22/2020
  • More FAQs on the second FY2020 filing window
  • Changes to the BEAR review process / BEAR Notification Letter
  • More FAQs on the second FY2020 filing window
  • Reminder on system ideas and enhancements documents
  • Additional FCC guidance on C2 budgets
  • EPC admin window opening
  • Registration now open for fall 2020 training
10/23/2020 10/30/2020
  • Second FY2020 filing window processing reminder
  • EPC admin window
  • C2 Budget Tool 2021+ updates
  • FCC Form 486 deadline reminder
  • EPC admin window tips

September 2020

9/4/2020 9/11/2020 9/18/2020 9/21/2020
  • Changes to FY2021 FCC Form 470 drop-down menus
  • Reminders for new EPC users and BEAR Form filers
  • Website updates for Park Hill Order
  • Extension of gift rule waiver and participant response deadlines
  • One Portal login tips
  • Second filing window to open for schools to request additional bandwidth due to COVID-19
  • Second FY2020 filing window opens today at noon EDT
9/25/2020
  • One Portal reminder
  • FAQs on the second FY2020 filing window
  • Erratum for 9/18/2020 and 9/21/2020 issues

August 2020

8/7/2020 8/14/2020 8/21/2020 8/28/2020
  • How to file the applicant FCC Form 498
  • New C2 budget tool for FY2021+
  • MFA updates and tips
  • Outage notices for this weekend
  • Obtaining a PIN
  • New EPC features
  • Reminders for date field entries on invoices
  • Update on processing waived and extended program deadlines

July 2020

7/10/2020 7/17/2020 7/24/2020 7/31/2020
  • MFA coming on July 27 for EPC users and BEAR Form filers
  • Feedback on user experience-related IT enhancements
  • MFA coming on July 27 – information for first-time users
  • FCC releases draft Eligible Services List for FY2021
  • MFA deployment starts tonight, July 24
  • FY2021 FCC Form 470 reminders
  • How to troubleshoot issues with MFA access

June 2020

6/5/2020 6/12/2020 6/19/2020 6/26/2020
  • Tips for filing FCC Form 486
  • Description of COMAD process
  • FCC Form 470 for FY2021
  • Extended FCC Form 486 deadlines updated in EPC
  • EPC updates
  • Updates to three search tools and the Tools page
  • MFA for EPC and BEAR Form Filers Coming in July 2020
  • Requesting a 30-Day Extension of the Invoice Deadline

May 2020

5/1/2020 5/8/2020 5/15/2020 5/21/2020
  • Next steps related to the close of the FY2020 filing window
  • First wave for FY2020
  • PIA review
  • Filing an FCC waiver
  • CIPA requirements
  • COVID-19 resources for schools and libraries
5/22/2020 5/29/2020
  • Summer Deferral Starts Today
  • Legacy tool updates
  • Filing FCC Form 486 early

April 2020

4/3/2020 4/10/2020 4/17/2020 4/24/2020
  • Program deadlines extended by FCC Order DA 20-364
  • SL News Brief archive expanded
  • How to cancel a copied FRN
  • Contract reminders
  • Extended CSB window hours
  • USAC implementation of deadline extensions
  • Filing window tips
  • Extended CSB window hours
  • More filing window tips