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In This Week's Issue
» Funding Status Update
» E-Rate Updates and Reminders
» Schools and Libraries News Brief dated January 4 — Form 470, cont.

E-Rate Central News for the Week
January 7, 2013

Introduction

The E-Rate Central News for the Week is prepared by E-Rate Central. E-Rate Central specializes in providing consulting, compliance, and forms processing services to E-rate applicants. To learn more about our services, please contact us by phone (516-801-7804), fax (516-801-7814), or through our Contact Us Web form. Additional E-rate information is located on the E-Rate Central Web site.

Funding Status

The FY 2013 Form 471 application window opened on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, and will close at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Wave 25 for FY 2012 will be released on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, for $8.3 million. Priority 2 funding is being provided at 90%, and is being denied at 89% and below. Cumulative funding for FY 2012 is $1.72 billion.

Wave 75 for FY 2011 will be released on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Priority 2 requests are being funded at 88% and above, and denied at 87% and below. Cumulative funding for FY 2011 is currently $2.49 billion.

E-Rate Updates and Reminders

Extended Deadlines Expiring January 28th:

In early November, just after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, the SLD extended the FY 2011 recurring service invoice deadline, previously set to expire on Monday, October 29, 2012, to January 28, 2013. The January 28th date corresponds to the regular invoice deadline for non-recurring services with a September 30, 2012, service delivery deadline.

At the same time that they extended the invoicing deadline, the SLD also extended the FY 2012 Form 486 deadlines for waves 1-12 to the same January 28th date. Note that the normal 120-day deadline will apply for other later FY 2012 waves. For example, the Form 486 deadline for Wave 13, issued October 2, 2012, will be January 30, 2013.

Senate Confirms Commissioner Clyburn for Second Term:

The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Mignon L. Clyburn to a second term as an FCC Commissioner. Ms. Clyburn was first nominated by President Obama in 2009 to an open position on the Commission. Prior to joining the FCC, Ms. Clyburn had been a member of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina since 1998.

Schools and Libraries News Brief Dated January 4 – Form 470, cont.

The SLD News Brief for January 4, 2013, continues a discussion of the Form 470 begun in the SLD News Brief for December 21, 2012 (as discussed in our newsletter of December 24, 2012). The topics covered in last Friday's News Brief include:

  1. Posting for Priority 1 services:  Telecommunications and Internet Access services may now be listed on a Form 470 under either category without fear of a denial if the Priority 1 category of service on the Form 470 does not match the category on the associated Form 471. Although we continue to recommend that applicants make a good faith effort to logically categorize Priority 1 services on their Form 470s, this change — new for FY 2013 — should eliminate a source of Form 471 denials.
  2. State or local requirements:  The SLD reminds applicants that their procurement process must comply with both with specific E-rate rules, including the posting of Form 470s, and with any state or local competitive bidding requirements.
  3. Requests for Proposals:  If an applicant issues a formal Request for Proposal ("RFP" or equivalent), that RFP, like the Form 470 in which it is referenced, must also be available for 28 days. Note that if the RFP and Form 470 are issued on different dates, vendors cannot be selected until at least 28 days after the later date.
  4. Bona fide requests:  The Form 470 must list the specific services for which the applicant is seeking E-rate funding, and must provide sufficient detail to permit service providers to formulate bids.
  5. Manufacturer or brand names:  Effective for FY 2013 Form 470s (and RFPs), an applicant cannot specify a specific manufacturer or brand of product or services without including the words "or equivalent" or "compatible."
  6. Breaking existing contracts:  If an applicant is breaking an existing contract, the new service provider cannot pay any associated contract termination charges.
  7. Restrictions imposed by state or local laws or regulations, reasons for disqualification, and other bid information:  Details on any of these procurement issues should be provided in Item 13 of the Form 470.

 

Disclaimer: This newsletter may contain unofficial information on prospective E-rate developments and/or may reflect our own interpretations of E-rate practices and regulations. Such information is provided for planning and guidance purposes only. It is not meant, in any way, to supplant official announcements and instructions provided by either the SLD or the FCC.