On June 25, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order that adopts rules to: (1) increase the annual RHC Program funding cap to $571 million and apply it to FY2017; (2) annually adjust the RHC Program funding cap for inflation, beginning with FY2018; and (3) establish a process to carry-forward unused funds from past funding years for use in future funding years. The rules shall become effective immediately upon publication of the Order in the Federal Register.
Additional information about what the 2018 Funding Cap Order means for program participants is forthcoming. General guidance for FY2017 and FY2018 funding requests (FCC Form 462 for the HCF Program and FCC Form 466 in the Telecom Program) is below.
What this means for FY2017: Due to the increase in the RHC Program funding cap for FY2017, all previously approved FY2017 funding requests will receive 100% of their approved funding amount. The proration that was previously applied to FY2017 funding commitments will be removed, and revised Funding Commitment Letters (FCLs) will be issued. Please discontinue invoicing against the previously issued FY2017 FCLs showing prorated commitments at this time. We will share additional information about the issuance of revised FY2017 FCLs shortly, including updated invoicing instructions. Program participants are also invited to join an informational webinar on July 10, 2018.
Invoicing Impact for FY2017: If you received one or more FY2017 FCLs, and have already submitted invoices and received approved disbursement(s), you will need to follow a special process to invoice the additional funds. RHC will be providing you with new invoicing instructions and special invoicing webinars will be hosted specifically for applicants that invoiced on FY2017 FRNs prior to new FCLs being released.