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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.

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
  • Second FY2020 filing window processing reminder
  • EPC admin window
  • C2 Budget Tool 2021+ updates
  • FCC Form 486 deadline reminder

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

 

March 2020

3/6/2020 3/13/2020 3/20/2020 3/27/2020
  • C2 Budget Tool office hour webinar
  • Retaining competitive bidding documentation
  • Open Data training videos
  • EPC deployment news
  • Extended FY2020 application filing window
  • Getting ready to file FCC Form 471
  • Waiver of FCC’s gift rules through 9/30/2020
  • April 1 deadline to file FY2020 FCC Form 470
  • Update on FCC’s Supply Chain Order
  • FCC’s Public Notice on community use
  • FCC Form 470 reminders
  • FY2020 C2 Budget Tool reminders

 

February 2020

2/7/2020 2/14/2020 2/21/2020 2/28/2020
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Webinar reminder
  • How to submit a RAL modification
  • Certified FCC Form 470 reminders
  • Reminders on evaluating bids
  • FY2020 Category Two budget tool

 

January 2020

1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 1/17/2020
  • FCC Form 470
  • EPC Deployment News
  • Updating EPC Account Administrators
  • Letter to the Field for FY2020
  • Category Two Budget
  • E-rate Webinars
  • USAC Seeks IT Enhancement Feedback
  • FCC Form 470
  • Updating Entity Profiles
  • FCC Form 470
  • Category Two Budget
  • E-rate Webinars
1/24/2020 1/31/2020
  • FRN Balance Verifications
  • Category One Services Drop-down Reference Table
  • E-rate Webinars
  • Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
  • E-rate Webinars
  • FCC Report and Order
  • Amortization Rule

December 2019

12/2/2019  12/6/2019    12/13/2019   12/20/2019
  • Multifactor Authentication
  • Single Portal Dashboard for E-File
  • Effect on Service Providers
  • FCC Report and Order
  • Category Two Budget
  • PQA Requests
  • Erratum

 

  • Eligible Services List
  • Category Two Budget
  • EPC Account Administrator
  • FY2020 Filing Window
  • FCC Form 473 (SPAC)
  • Category Two Budget

 

November 2019

11/1/2019   11/8/2019      11/15/2019    11/22/2019
  • USAC Website
  • Invoicing
  • FCC Form 498
  • FCC Form 486
  • USAC Website
  • SL Legacy Systems
  • EPC Deployment News

 

  • USAC Website
  • FCC Form 474
  • EPC Profiles
  • EPC Deployment News
  • USAC Website
  • E-rate Webinars

October 2019

10/4/2019 10/11/2019 10/18/2019 10/25/2019
  • USAC Seeks IT Enhancement Feedback
  • FCC Public Notice
  • FCC Form 470
  • EPC Administrative Window
  • 2019 E-rate Applicant
  • 2019 Tribal Training
  • Invoicing
  • FCC Form 486
  • EPC System Maintenance
  • Invoicing
  • FCC Form 486
  • FCC Form 498
  • 2019 E-rate Applicant
  • 2019 Tribal Training
  • EPC Profile Updates