News

  • E-Rate
    Friday, June 28, 2019
    USAC has announced the USAC annual fall applicant trainings. The two-day sessions, available to attendees free of charge, start with an optional half-day afternoon session targeted to beginners followed by a full-day training that includes separate breakout sessions for beginners and for more advanced users.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, May 31, 2019
    The Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviewers are working diligently to keep the application review process moving quickly in an effort to fund as many applications as possible prior to September 1, 2019. It is important to be aware of the option to place the review of your FCC Form 471 on hold using the summer deferral option since we are now nearing the time of year when many schools will have limited personnel available.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, May 17, 2019
    The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) issued the first wave of funding commitments for Funding Year 2019 on April 27, 2019. In the first wave, USAC approved 1,675 funding requests for over 1,000 of California’s school and library applicants, for a total of 14% of all funding requested in California.

  • E-Rate
    Monday, April 29, 2019
    The Funding Year 2019 FCC Form 471 application window closed March 27. While the 2019 E-rate program cap was set by the Federal Communications Commission at $4.151 billion, the total demand as of the close of the window was reported by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as $2.896 billion, well below the cap.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, April 5, 2019
    The FCC Form 471 filing window for Funding Year 2019 closed on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (8:59 p.m. PDT).

  • E-Rate
    Monday, March 25, 2019
    In the March 8, 2019 Schools and Libraries News Brief, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced the Funding Year 2019 Category 2 budgets, indexed to an inflation factor of 2.2%.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, March 8, 2019
    Many public agencies including public schools and libraries utilize the state master contract CALNET 3 for the purchase of broadband and telecommunications services, some of which may be eligible for E-rate discounts.

  • E-Rate
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    On January 3, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a limited waiver (DA 19-15 ) for victims of the October 2017 wildfires in eight counties designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as eligible for disaster relief.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    On January 3, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a limited waiver (DA 19-15 PDF) for victims of the October 2017, wildfires in eight counties designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as eligible for disaster relief: Butte, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma, Lake, Orange, and Yuba.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    USAC has announced that the FCC Form 471 filing window for Funding Year 2019 will open on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 12:00 noon EST (9:00 a.m. PST) and will close on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (8:59 p.m. PDT). FCC Form 471 applications must be certified within an applicant’s E-rate Productivity Center (“EPC”) portal within these dates in order to be considered to be filed “within window.”