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FY2017 Filing Window

February 27 - May 11, 2017

The Funding Year (FY) 2017 Application Filing Window is now open. This page will provide applicants with the resources needed to file an application to request funding.

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FCC Form 470

The application process begins with a competitive bidding process. This is a formal process to identify and request the products and services you need so that potential service providers can review your requests and submit bids. To requests bids for service, applicants certify an FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

Deadline: The FCC Form 470 must be certified at least 28 days before the close of the application filing window for the funding year in order for it to be cited on a timely filed FCC Form 471. April 13, 2017 was the last possible day to certify an FY2017 FCC Form 470 and still be able to certify an FCC Form 471 within the FY2017 filing window.

FCC Form 471

After you close your competitive bidding process, you can evaluate the bids received and choose the bid that is the most cost-effective. To apply for program discounts, applicants file an FCC Form 471 to provide USAC with information about the services you are requesting and the discount(s) for which you are eligible.

Deadline: The FCC Form 471 must be certified by 11:59 PM EDT on or before May 11, 2017, the date that the application filing window closes. Applications filed after this date will be considered out-of-window.


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