[NHDOE-ETNews] Free Webinar: Potential Pitfalls for E-rate Applicants

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon Jan 14 15:48:03 EST 2019

Today on the ETNews Listserv
ITEM:  Potential Pitfalls for E-rate Applicants

Just in time for the FY2019 filing window, SHLB's next webinar will advise E-rate applicants on open issues like the fiber amortization policy, Form 470 drop-down menu, the gift rule, and other traps to watch out for during the application process. Co-moderated by SHLB Executive Director John Windhausen, the webinar will feature several veterans of the E-rate program. Read on to learn more about them or register at

The FCC modernized its E-rate policies in 2014 to encourage fiber build-out to rural schools and libraries. The implementation of these policies has unfortunately been fraught with confusion, and this year is no different. The expiration of the suspension of the amortization policy has put hundreds of upcoming special construction E-rate projects in FY2019 at risk. USAC's inconsistent interpretations of the FCC's gift rule have had a chilling effect on product demonstrations, preventing schools and libraries from selecting the most cost-effective services. Furthermore, the inconsistent guidance around the drop-down menu on Form 470 may still cause applicants to be unfairly denied over a technicality.

With the E-rate filing window opening from January 16 to March 27, "Potential Pitfalls for E-rate Applicants" is a must-watch webinar for E-rate applicants. The webinar will feature seasoned E-rate experts discussing how applicants can avoid these traps and apply successfully for E-rate funding in 2019.

Gina Spade, founder of Broadband Legal Strategies, will co-moderate the discussion with SHLB Coalition Executive Director John Windhausen and offer her own insight as a speaker. Funds For Learning CEO John Harrington and President Cathy Cruzan will also serve as a panelists.

SHLB Coalition webinars are free and open to the public.

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