E-rate Funding Year 2017 Application Filing Window Opens February 27, 2017

Following is the letter/announcement from USAC regarding the Form 471 filing window for Funding Year 2017: USAC is pleased to announce the application filing window for Funding Year (FY) 2017 will open on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon EST (11:00 AM CST) and close on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT …

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Prepare for FY2016-Get Logged Into The NEW Erate Portal

Below are some links to instructions on how to get logged into the new Erate Productivity Center (EPC).  All Funding Year 2016 forms and correspondence will now go through this portal so it is important that you get logged in and make sure those involved in the Erate process are signed in as ‘users’.  If you …

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Erate Competitive Bidding

Question: Do I need to respond to a vendor message that looks like ‘spam’ or isn’t a detailed quote? Answer:  YES!  You must respond to all inquiries and keep all emails and responses.  Below are a couple of response examples to vendors REQUEST FOR SPECIFIC BID: Thank you for your interest in our school’s eRate …

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IMPORTANT!! Update – E-rate Modernization – Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

As we approach the upcoming E-rate Year (Funding Year 2015) we want to begin to prepare you for what may lie ahead.   On July 11th the FCC adopted the E-rate Modernization Order.  The Order takes major steps to modernize and streamline the E-rate program.  That being said we are still in a state of ‘flux’ …

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CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) Reminders

NOTE: Beginning July 1, 2012, when schools certify their compliance with CIPA, they will also be certifying that their Internet safety policies have been updated to provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyber bullying awareness, and response. In general, the …

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Overview of the PIA Process

Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) is the process used by USAC to review applications for compliance with program rules and policies. During this process, USAC reviews the information on your Form 471 and may contact you with additional questions on specific items. The review process has two components: Initial Review Final Review, a quality assurance review process on the work …

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Definitions

Basic Maintenance – Services that are required to keep a connection operational and in good repair. Basic Phone Service – Telecommunications including, but not limited to: local voice service, fax lines, speed dialing, call waiting, and other services connected with telecommunications. Billed Entity Number – The individual number that each facility that participates in E-Rate …

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