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July 2021

7/2/2021 7/9/2021 7/16/2021 7/23/2021
  • FY2022 FCC Form 470 deployed
  • Additional information on PIN removal process
  • ECF Program filing window dates
  • BEAR PIN removal update
  • Feedback requested on IT enhancements
  • FCC Form 500 and equipment transfers
  • Register for July 27 equipment transfer webinar
  • Troubleshooting issues with One Portal access
  • SL News Brief takes a summer break
  • Sign up for the July 27 webinar
  • ECF Program reminders and updates

June 2021

6/4/2021 6/11/2021 6/18/2021 6/25/2021
  • Certify incomplete FCC Forms 470 by June 25
  • Requesting a deadline extension to complete FY2020 special construction
  • Update on removal of BEAR PIN requirement
  • EPC deployment news
  • Schedule for BEAR PIN removal
  • Supply Chain Order reminders
  • Certify incomplete FCC Forms 470 by June 25
  • Update on FY2022 FCC Form 470
  • Change to One Portal dashboard
  • Reminders on disposal and transfer of equipment

May 2021

5/7/2021 5/14/2021 5/21/2021 5/28/2021
  • CIPA reminders
  • Registration opens for two May 26 webinars
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program
  • Upcoming webinars
  • Responding to PIA review questions in EPC
  • Selective review overview
  • Getting started with ECF

April 2021

4/2/2021 4/9/2021 4/16/2021 4/23/2021
  • New certification requirements for national supply chain
  • Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) Review
  • Invoicing Dataset
  • Detailed information on Invoicing Dataset
  • Two webinars on Invoicing Dataset

 

4/30/2021
  • Filing FCC Form 486 early
  • Supply chain office hours session for service providers on May 26

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