I am pleased to announce the Funding Year (FY) 2018 FCC Form 471
application filing window opens Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 12:00 noon EST
and closes on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT. This filing window is
more in keeping with those used in prior funding years.
can begin preparing now for the successful filing of their FY 2018 funding
applications by taking the following steps:
- Install Browser Updates: Google Chrome is the preferred browser for EPC, but no
matter which browser you use, be sure the latest version is installed on
- Establish Account and User Rights: If this is your first year participating in the E-rate
program, call our Client Service Bureau at 888-203-8100 to create your
account in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). If you already have an
EPC account, log in and review, update and/or assign user rights for persons
who will need access for FY 2018.
- Update Your EPC Profile Now: To ensure a smoother filing process, EPC profiles will lock on
January 10, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST. You will not be able to
make changes to your EPC profile after that date. So, please log in to
your EPC account now to make any necessary changes to your profile.
Specifically, you should:
- Ensure that the entity type for each of your schools,
libraries, and non-instructional facilities (NIFs) is accurate.
- Confirm the names and addresses for all of your
entities and NIFs, and let USAC know if any have closed or if you expect
to add any new entities for the upcoming funding year.
- Schools should carefully review their student counts,
including National School Lunch Program (NSLP) information.
- Libraries should confirm their square footage, as well
as the school district in which their main branch is located.
- All applicants should review the
"Connectivity" questions in their profile if they have made
changes to their network or have a different opinion on the sufficiency
of their network.
that USAC has already updated EPC profiles with the data from approved FY 2017
applications, so you may notice some updated information when you log in to
- Proceed With Competitive Bidding: If you have not started the competitive bidding
process by filing your FCC Form 470, please begin now. Remember that you
must wait 28 days after filing the FCC Form 470 before entering into an
agreement and filing your application. Waiting for the filing window to
open is not necessary. USAC's website at http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step01/default.aspx
provides step-by-step instructions for completing the FCC Form 470 and
conducting the competitive bid process.
always, representatives at USAC’s Client Service Bureau are available to help
you at 888-203-8100. Alternatively, you can also open a customer service case
in EPC to receive assistance.
will be the 20th application filing window for the E-rate program, and I have
had the honor of working with many of you since the first filing window opening
in 1998 – some since the beginning and others more recently. During this time,
we have faced many challenges, but we have always worked together and found
solutions. Looking ahead, you should continue to expect us to solicit your
candid feedback and insights. In 2018, we plan to regularly request your ideas
for ways in which we can improve our E-rate information technology systems and
program participant trainings, including topics that you would like to see
addressed in our face-to-face trainings and webinars. Although we cannot always
accommodate every request, we will carefully consider all of your feedback.
all of my colleagues at USAC, I know that you share my passion to ensure that
students and library patrons across the country have access to the broadband
connections they need. I am excited to be working with all of you in my new
role leading the E-rate program, and you have my full commitment that USAC will
continue to administer the E-rate program in a way that benefits from your participation
Acting Vice President, Schools and Libraries Division