FCC Form 473 Filing

Purpose of FCC Form 473

Service providers file an FCC Form 473 (Service Provider Annual Certification (SPAC) Form) to certify that they will comply with Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program rules. Service providers must have a SPAC Form on file for each funding year they participate in the E-rate Program and for each Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN)/498 ID.

When to File FCC Form 473

Service providers can file a SPAC Form on or shortly after the application filing window opens for the upcoming funding year.

Deadline: A service provider must have a SPAC Form on file before USAC can pay invoices – FCC Forms 472 (BEAR) and FCC Forms 474 (SPI) – for a funding year. Refer to invoice deadlines and extension requests for more information on invoice deadlines.

How to File FCC Form 473

File this form in the E-file system.

FCC Form 473 (SPAC) User Guide 

After Filing FCC Form 473

The search for SPIN information tool will show, in the far-right column of the search results, all funding years for which USAC has successfully processed the SPAC Form for a SPIN.