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In This Week's Issue
» Funding Status Update
» E-Rate Updates and Reminders
» Schools and Libraries News Brief dated February 15 — Calculating Discounts

E-Rate Central News for the Week
February 18, 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 31 for FY 2012 will be released on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, for $31.8 million.  Priority 2 funding is being provided at 90%, and is being denied at 89% and below.  Cumulative funding for FY 2012 will be $1.90 billion.

Wave 81 for FY 2011 will be released on Thursday, February 21, 2013, for $6.8 million.  Priority 2 requests are being funded at 88% and above, and denied at 87% and below.  Cumulative funding for FY 2011 will be $2.52 billion.

Wave 109 for FY 2010 will be released on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, for $232 thousand — none for New York.  Priority 2 funding is being provided at all discount levels.  Cumulative funding for FY 2010 will be $3.07 billion.

E-Rate Updates and Reminders

Key E-Rate Deadlines for February and March

Most importantly, the deadline for filing Form 471 applications for FY 2013 is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, March 14, 2013.  Last Thursday, February 14th, was the final deadline for filing valid Form 470s for FY 2013.

As discussed in our last newsletter, applicants funded in FY 2012 Waves 1-12, who missed the January 28th deadline for filing Form 486s, have been sent Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letters giving them until February 27th to submit those forms without penalty.  Applicants funded in Waves 13-15, whose normal Form 486 deadlines have also passed, will be given a similar second chance.  The next set of Form 486 deadlines for FY 2012 funding is shown in the following table:

Wave

  FCDL Date  

  Form 486 Deadline  

16

10/23/2012

02/20/2013

17

10/30/2012

02/27/2013

18

11/13/2012

03/13/2013

19

11/29/2012

03/29/2013

FCC Appeal Decisions Watch:

The FCC released one decision last week (DA 13-178) denying two related petitions for reconsideration filed by Lake Pend Oreille SD and its supplier, Trillion Partners.  The issue involved an earlier USAC finding that the petitioners had violated E-rate rules by engaging in numerous discussions prior to and during the district's competitive bidding process.  The FCC had previously denied an appeal in this case.

The interesting aspect of last week's decision was how the FCC denied the two petitions.  It first found that the petitioners had not provided any additional arguments, but had "merely reiterated their previous assertions."  That alone was a sufficient basis for denial.  But the FCC's decision went much further, explaining its denial on the merits and reiterating its original findings that the district had "provided Trillion with detailed information about its needs and worked with Trillion on a proposal prior to and during the competitive bidding process."  Indeed, the FCC quoted at length from e-mails between the two parties.

On a second front, the FCC issued a formal Notice of Debarment to Denisa Babcock, an ex-school business official and E-rate consultant, for converting over $1 million in school funds, including a smaller amount of E-rate reimbursement checks, for her own personal use.

Introduction of New Technology Funding Act:

U.S Representative George Miller (D-CA) has introduced legislation to provide up to $500 million per year to support technology infrastructure, applications, and professional development.  The proposed bill, the Transforming Education through Technology Act (H.R. 521), includes a specific provision to avoid duplication with E-rate stating: "Funds awarded under this Act may be used to address the networking needs of a recipient of such funds for which the recipient is eligible to receive support under the E-rate program, except that such funds may not be duplicative of support received by the recipient under the E-rate program."

Schools and Libraries News Brief Dated February 15 – Calculating Discounts

The SLD News Brief for February 15, 2013, reviews the procedure for calculating discounts for different types of applicants and facilities.  The following topics are discussed:

  1. Individual school
  2. Library outlet/branch
  3. School district
  4. Library system or library consortium
  5. Consortium of schools and/or libraries
  6. School or library non-instructional facility ("NIF") without classrooms
  7. School NIF with classrooms
  8. New school construction
  9. New library construction
  10. Head Start, pre-kindergarten, juvenile justice, or adult education
  11. Schools with changing student populations
  12. Alternative discount mechanisms
    1. Provision 1, 2, and 3
    2. Direct certification
    3. Community Eligibility Option ("CEO")
    4. Projection based on survey

 

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.