Header graphic for print
E-Rate Law Advisor Latest News & Legal Commentary on the E-Rate Program

Category Archives: USAC

Subscribe to USAC RSS Feed

USAC Updates FCC Form 470 for FY2018 Funding and Beyond

Posted in USAC

On August 26th, USAC modified FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (“EPC”) that must be used for FY2018 funding and beyond. The new FCC Form 470 includes what USAC is calling “simplified drop-down options” from which the applicant can select eligible services for which they would like to seek bids. Notably, this is… Continue Reading

FCC Chairman Rebukes USAC on E-Rate Administration

Posted in USAC

On April 18, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent an unusually stern and accusatory letter to USAC CEO Chris Henderson, alleging “serious flaws” and lack of transparency in USAC’s administration of the E-rate program, and declaring that “the current state of affairs is unacceptable.” The principal focus of Chairman Pai’s criticism is USAC’s roll-out of the online… Continue Reading

FCC Wireline Division Grants Waivers of E-Rate Invoicing Rules Due to USAC Backlogs

Posted in USAC

On March 16, 2017, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order granting two waivers relating to the E-rate program’s invoicing rules.  The waivers address problems resulting from backlogs in USAC’s processing of applications for new 498 IDs (formerly SPIN numbers) and PIN requests.  The backlog accumulated in the wake of recent rule changes that… Continue Reading

Tennessee Consortium Wins E-Rate Appeals Involving Complex Interpretations of the “Most Cost-Effective” and “Legally Binding Agreement” Rules

Posted in USAC

In an Order released December 30, 2016, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau granted appeals of a 2015 USAC decision that denied E-rate funding to the Sweetwater consortium of Tennessee school districts for funding years 2013-2015, where USAC found that Sweetwater violated the E-rate program’s “most cost-effective bid” and “legally binding agreement” requirements (47 CFR §§… Continue Reading

E-rate Application Deadline Extended Again

Posted in USAC

Mel Blackwell, USAC’s Vice President of the E-rate Program, issued a news brief on Friday announcing that, as a result of “unexpected complications with the implementation of USAC’s new IT system,” USAC is extending the deadline for all applicants to submit their Description of Services Ordered and Certification Form (FCC Form 471) from Friday, April… Continue Reading

E-rate Funding Year 2015 Filing Window Extended until April 16, 2015

Posted in USAC

Late last week, USAC announced an extension of the application deadline for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2015).  FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The extension is in response to consensus among applicants that more time is needed to complete Form 471. … Continue Reading

FCC Decision Confirms Cost “Primary Factor” Rule and Underscores Recent Emphasis on Cost Rules

Posted in FCC, USAC

Last week, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying a request for waiver and review of an E-rate program decision made by USAC, which determined that a Texas school district violated the FCC’s competitive bidding rules by failing to use price as the primary factor in its vendor selection process. FCC rules require… Continue Reading

E-Rate Reform Proposals Discussed in DWT Presentations

Posted in General, USAC

On October 10, 2013, DWT’s Jim Smith gave a presentation on the status of the FCC’s E-Rate reform rulemaking to the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications alliance (ITTA). On November 14, 2013, he moderated a Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) continuing legal education “Progress Report on USF Reform” panel on E-rate and other ongoing FCC universal… Continue Reading