Updated January 2018
Posting of an applicant's FCC Form 470 (Description of Services Requested and Certification Form) opens the required competitive bidding process.
After applicants certify an FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), it is posted publicly. Applicants can also issue a request for proposal (RFP) or related bidding document. Service providers can then review the posted FCC Form 470 information and submit bids.
Some state or local procurement rules or regulations require applicants to issue an RFP in addition to the FCC Form 470.
Also, applicants may choose to issue an RFP even though one is not required by state or local procurement regulations. FCC rules require that, if applicants issue an RFP, it must be uploaded as part of the online FCC Form 470 filing process.
The FCC Form 470 can be filed for a particular funding year as soon as USAC posts a notice to that effect on this website. This notice is generally posted about 12 months before the start of a funding year.
Note: If an RFP is issued, it must be uploaded as part of the online FCC Form 470 filing process.
Deadline: The FCC Form 470 must be certified in EPC at least 28 days before the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window for the funding year in which services are requested.
The FCC Form 470 must be filed online in the EPC. Applicants will create a profile and login information in the EPC system before filing the FCC Form 470.
For step-by-step filing guidance, watch the FCC Form 470 video series.
USAC issues an FCC Form 470 Receipt Notification Letter (RNL) to the applicant in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) upon successful data entry of an FCC Form 470.