E-Rate Newsflash – October 6, 2015

E-Rate
  Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Upcoming E-rate and California Teleconnect Fund Training 

The K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) is pleased to announce the Fall 2015 E-rate training dates available to all local educational agencies (LEAs), libraries and service providers in California. The training will be a full day-seminar covering the basics to advanced application of E-rate rules and guidelines.  The training sessions will also be available via Webinar and via video conferencing at various locations. 

Date

Location

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Yolo County Office of Education

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tulare County Office of Education

To register for one or more training sessions, please visit the K12HSN’s E-rate Web page at: http://www.k12hsn.org/programs/erate/trainings.php

NOTE: All training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a one–hour lunch break.

E-rate Deadline Reminders

Form 486:  Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) dated on or before July 1, 2015 will need to have a Form 486 filed in connection with the Funding Request Numbers listed on the FCDL no later than October 28, 2015.  The Form 486 is always due no more than 120 days from the date of the FCDL or 120 days from the start of service, whichever is later.

Form 472 – The Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement form (BEAR):  The BEAR form for recurring services for the 2014–15 funding year is due October 28, 2015.

E-rate Funding for 2015-16

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has now issued 17 waves of funding for the 2015–16 funding year as of October 1, 2015. The total funding committed to California schools and libraries to date is:

Number of Applications

Number of Funding Requests

Total Funding Committed

2,552

8,751

$306,374,997


This represents 73 percent of the total number of applications filed for California schools and libraries.  USAC had a target date of September 24, 2015 to issue a FCDL to all 2015–16 workable applications.  On September 25, 2015 USAC issued the following letter (http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/e-rate-productivity-center/Letter_2015_Funding_Decisions_EPC.pdf) noting that they are continuing to work to complete the application process. It is recommended that an applicant respond promptly to all requests from the Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviewers at USAC.  This will aid in a faster review and issuance of the FCDL.

E-rate Productivity Center

All school and library applicants participating in the E-rate program must establish an account in the online E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), which is pronounced “EPiC” for short.  Schools and libraries are encouraged to accomplish this as soon as possible in order to start the E-rate process for the 2016–17 funding year and to benefit from the E-rate trainings scheduled for the Fall of 2015.

Please view the EPC on the Schools and Libraries Division Web page at: http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/e-rate-productivity-center/default.aspx for instructions on how to set up and manage the EPC portal and for Frequently Asked Questions.

Schools and Libraries Division Weekly News Briefs on E-rate

The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) provides timely instruction and insight through their Weekly News Brief. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to sign up to receive these communications by visiting the SLD’s Web page at: http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/news-briefs/Default.aspx.

If you have any questions, please contact the California Department of Education (CDE) Educational Data Management Division by e-mail at E-RATE@cde.ca.gov.