[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: E-Rate Updates

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon Apr 6 09:07:07 EDT 2015


Today on the ETNews Listserv
ITEM:  E-Rate Updates

E-Rate Updates and Reminders

FY 2015 Form 471 Application Window:

The FCC Form 471 application filing window for FY 2015 opened on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  It will close at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

USAC Service Provider Training:

USAC announced that this year’s spring training, designed primarily for service providers, will be held in Phoenix<http://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/training/2015/spring/phoenix.aspx> on Tuesday, June 2nd, and in Tampa<http://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/training/2015/spring/tampa.aspx> on Tuesday, June 16th.

USAC Annual Report for 2014:

USAC released its Annual Report<http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/about/pdf/annual-reports/usac-annual-report-2014.pdf> for calendar year 2014.  In addition to the normal financial tables and notes, the report contains useful state-specific information on E-rate and the other three Universal Service programs.

FCC Appeal Decision Watch:

The FCC issued another set of precedent-based decisions in Public Notice (DA 15-387<http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0327/DA-15-387A1.pdf>), including:

·         One request was dismissed as moot; USAC had already approved the underlying funding request.

·         Appeal or waiver request approvals for:

·         One applicant seeking to transfer funding from closed schools to other eligible entities.

·         Two applicants failing to respond to PIA requests in a timely manner.

·         One applicant making a ministerial and/or clerical error resulting in an apparent 2‑in‑5 rule violation.

·         Three applicants selecting vendors where price was not the primary factor.

·         Nine applicants providing additional discount rate documentation.

·         One applicant documenting consortium authority.

·         One applicant continuing an existing contract signed before the 28-day waiting period.

·         Denials of waiver requests or petitions for reconsideration for:

·         One applicant failing to file a Form 470 for the current funding year.

·         Nine applicants failing to provide adequate documentation of their vendor selection process.

·         Twenty applicants for untimely filed requests for waivers or review.

·         Two applicants providing no basis for reconsideration.

·         Two applicants seeking Priority 2 funding for FY 2013.

·         One applicant providing insufficient documentation to support its requested discount rate.

·         One applicant seeking reclassification from urban to rural.

Schools and Libraries News Brief Dated April 3 – ESA Block 4s

The S&L News Brief of April 3, 2015<http://e-ratecentral.com/files/sld-news-briefs/610.pdf>, formalized — albeit with one change — USAC’s guidance on listing schools and NIFs in the Block 4 discount rate worksheets for education service agency (“ESA”) Form 471 applications.  The earlier guidance had been summarized in our newsletter of March 30, 2015<http://e-ratecentral.com/archive/News/News2015/weekly-news-2015-0330.asp>.

The one change affects an ESA with its own schools filing an application for its own services.  Previously, USAC had indicated that an ESA filing its own application should list all schools in its service area, whether or not the ESA had its own schools.  The new guidance indicates that the Block 4 for an ESA with schools should list only its own schools and NIFs on an ESA-only application.

The News Brief also indicates that the guidance applies to an ESA “recognized by the state as a school district.”  This is new language for a condition presumably covered by the basic determination of ESA eligibility covered in the New Brief’s second paragraph referencing the Eligibility Table for Educational Service Agencies<http://www.usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/tools/ESA-Eligibility-Table.pdf>.


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