E-rate News Flash - Issue 17-10

  Thursday, August 31, 2017

Issue 17-10

September 5, 2017

E-rate Newsflash

Upcoming E-rate and California Teleconnect Fund Training

The K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) is pleased to announce the 2017–18 E-rate training dates available to all LEAs, libraries and service providers in California. K12HSN is offering two types of trainings: (1) topic specific webinars and (2) face-to-face workshops. Visit the K12HSN E-rate Web page to register for available trainings. (http://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/trainings)

Webinar Training

E-rate Primer

These 75 minute sessions are designed to provide a high level overview of the E-rate program. This training is recommended for those new to the E-rate program or those wanting a refresher prior to entering into the upcoming funding application cycle.

Date

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

October 3, 2017

10:00 a.m.

 

October 4, 2017

10:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

October 5, 2017

 

1:30 p.m.

 

Getting Started with FCC Form 470

These 2 hour sessions are designed to provide an overview for filing the FCC Form 470. Topics will include calculating the discount percent, eligible products and service, how to conduct the competitive procurement process and how to submit the FCC Form 470. Demonstrations of using the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Web Portal will be embedded, where appropriate. This training is recommended for first time E-rate applicants, those wanting a refresher, and those wanting updates on changes in guidance from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).

Date

Time

October 24, 2017

10:00 a.m.

October 25, 2017

10:00 a.m.

 

Completing the E-rate FCC form 471

These 2 hour sessions are designed to provide an overview for filing the FCC Form 471. Topics will include awarding the contract, documentation requirements and best practices, filing the FCC Form 471, and managing the Program Integrity Review (PIA) process. Demonstrations of using the EPC Web Portal will be embedded where appropriate. This training is recommended for first time E-rate filers, those wanting a refresher, and those wanting updates on changes in guidance from the FCC or the USAC.

 

California E-Rate Workshops (Face-to-Face)

These full day workshops are designed to cover basic to advanced applications of E-rate rules and guidelines, including an expanded section of competitive procurement requirements, and an overview of the most commonly used FCC Forms. When possible, demonstrations of using the EPC Web Portal will be provided. Participants will also benefit from the opportunity to discuss their questions with the instructor as well as fellow training participants. This training is recommended for all experience levels including those that are new, those with specific questions, and those wanting to network with other E-rate applicants.

Date

Location

November 7, 2017

Madera County Superintendent of Schools

December 5, 2017

Los Angeles County Office of Education

December 8, 2017

San Bernardino County Office of Education

January 17, 2018

Sacramento County Office of Education

February 2, 2018

Santa Clara County Office of Education

NOTE: All face to face training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a one hour break for lunch. Refreshments will be provided for the morning and afternoon sessions.

To register for one or more training sessions, please visit the K–12 High Speed Network’s E-rate Web page at http://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/trainings.

 

Trainings offered by USAC

The full day workshops offered by USAC are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of E-rate from start to finish. This training provides participants with an opportunity to meet and work directly with USAC staff as well as a chance to network with other E-rate applicants. California is fortunate to host one of the few USAC E-rate user trainings that will be offered in person this fall. These trainings reach capacity very quickly, so we recommend registering as quickly as possible.

 

Date

Location

TBA

San Diego, CA

TBA

City, State

TBA

City, State

TBA

City, State

 

To learn more about the USAC trainings and to register, visit the Schools and Libraries Training and Outreach Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/default.aspx.

 

Additional Information & Support

 

The Schools and Libraries Program (SLP), commonly known as E-rate, provides timely information and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLP’s Web page at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx.

 

You can subscribe to the California Department of Education (CDE) E-rate e-mail listserv by sending a "blank" message to join-cde-e-rate@mlist.cde.ca.gov. If you would like to unsubscribe from the CDE E-rate listserv, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-cde-e-rate@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

 

As always, we are here to help if you have questions or need support. Members of the CDE E-rate team are available to assist by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.