Funding Year 2017 – It’s TIME to get started
With the new changes and updates to the E-rate program, we highly recommend that Arizona schools and districts begin preparing for the Funding Year 2016 application now. The New Form 470 is available now!
You need an EPC login. If you have not received a login from USAC, let the State Erate Coordinator know (Milan Eaton).
- Category 1 and Category 2 services can be submitted on the same 470. You can also submit multiple 470s.
- Dates and spellings must be consistent across applications and the FRN. Many applications are rejected due to simple, easy to fix, errors. Double-check all applications and forms before filing.
- Multi-year contracts, up to 5 years, makes the application process more streamlined.
- ALL applicants must file their FCC Form 471 online.
- Item 21 is embedded in the FCC Form 471 beginning 2015.
- New FCC From 470 will be only online and is available now.
- Discounts are calculated for the organization as a whole.
- Rural status is determined at the district/system level and only if more than 50% of schools are rural.
- Do not request more than $150 per student over a 5 year term (It will save you PIA questions later)
- Include a full list of all Item 21 items (It will save questions later)
ARIZONA BROADBAND PROJECT
▪Goal: Provide scalable internet access to every school in Arizona
- ▪Process for a School District:
- Post Erate Form 470
- Publish RFP with requirements (Assistance from ESH staff) www.tinyurl.com/arizonateam
- Review proposals from vendors
- Vendor selection / 471 posting
- Matching Funds:
- After RFP’s are received, we will be able to request up to 10% of the costs for builds from the state. When the state provides 10%, we get an additional 10% from the Erate system.
- It costs $1 Million to build to a remote school that’s currently at 80% Erate funding normally leaving $200,000 for the school to pay–State of Arizona provides 10% ($100,000) which will enable to Erate fund to contribute and additional 10% ($100,000)
- Outcome – School gets expandable bandwidth to their site for $0 infrastructure build cost
TEST YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION SPEED
- www.schoolspeedtest.org – Link to find your upload / download broadband speed. The information is automatically stored for use by ADE in defining network needs and requirements. Use Category 1 E-Rate funds to pay for your bandwidth needs!
- Urban / Rural Tool – In 2015, location is even more important for your discount percent. USAC has an online tool to help determine your Urban / Rural Status. Check your BEN (Billed Entity Number) against the system. If there’s an error (? in the status field), call the Client Service Bureau at 888-203-8100 and have it corrected ASAP.
- The 2015 Filing Window has been announced. If you have already posted your 470 and 28 days have lapsed, you may post your 471 at 10AM Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The window for posting 471s will close at 10PM Thursday March 26, 2015. Make sure you have a “Legally Binding Agreement” in place with your vendor prior to submitting your 471.
- 12/11/14 – Today the FCC voted to increase the Erate funding cap by $1.5 billion. This is the second step in the reform process.
E-rate Modernization Order – updated by USAC
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Updates – Recent additions to the federal law
Arizona State Master Contract – Note some are being updated.
FY 2015 – The technology plan requirements for category two services are eliminated.
E-rate Applicant-Process – Use this to guide you as you prepare your application.
Funding Year 2014. USAC will release Funding Year (FY) 2014 Wave 20 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on September 24. This wave includes commitments for approved Priority 1 (Telecommunications Services and Internet Access) requests at all discount levels. As of September 19, FY2014 commitments total over $1.89 billion.
Funding Year 2013. USAC will release FY2013 Wave 63 FCDLs on August 28. This wave includes commitments for approved Priority 1 requests at all discount levels. As of August 22, FY2013 commitments total over $2.09 billion.
Funding Year 2012. USAC will release FY2013 Wave 66 FCDLs on September 25. This wave includes commitments for approved Priority 1 requests at all discount levels. As of September 19, FY2013 commitments total over $2.11 billion.
On the day the FCDLs are mailed, you can check to see if you have a commitment by using USAC’s Automated Search of Commitments tool.