E-Rate Central News for the Week
October 14, 2013
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.
Wave 22 for FY 2013 will be released on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, for $100.8 million. Funding is currently being provided for Priority 1 services only. Cumulative funding for FY 2013 will be $1.11 billion.
Wave 64 for FY 2012 will be released on Thursday, October 17, 2013, for $1.42 million. Priority 2 funding is being provided at 90%, and is being denied at 89% and below. Cumulative funding for FY 2012 will be $2.76 billion.
E-Rate Updates and Reminders
FCC Shutdown Plan:
No change in status: FCC activities during the government shutdown are governed by the FCC’s Plan for the Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations. The plan effectively furloughed 98% of the FCC staff. USAC, which is not funded through Congressional appropriations, is not being directly affected by the shutdown except for activities relying on FCC action and/or guidance (including final approval of the Eligible Services List for FY 2014 and revised forms).
The FCC’s web site is down during the shutdown, so filings cannot be made electronically (or by mail). Under current rules, pending possible post-shutdown extension notices, filings otherwise due during the shutdown must be filed on the first business day following the FCC’s reopening. From an E-rate perspective, this applies to both the E-Rate 2.0 NPRM reply comment deadline discussed below and to appeals needed to be filed within an associated 60-day appeal window.
FCC Public Comment Schedule:
No change in status: Reply comments to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries (FCC 13-100) are technically due by October 16th, or the first business day following the reopening of the FCC, whichever is later. In the interim, E-Rate 2.0 NPRM comments, which have already been filed, are also unavailable for review on the FCC site.
For those seeking access to previously filed comments, E-Rate Central has posted a list of E‑Rate 2.0 NPRM Initial Filings in an Excel workbook format on its website. The workbook includes an FCC Data tab referencing every E-Rate 2.0 filing submitted as of September 20th, a Comments tab combining multiple filings by the same responders and eliminating duplications. All entries include the initial FCC document links, which are currently inoperable.
The most important tab for review purposes is the Comments (2) tab, grouping all comments by size — one page, two pages, and three or more pages. Our premise is that the most important comments are the longer ones. Of those roughly 200 longer sets of comments, we have collected and reposted working copies of about 160 with working E-Rate Central web links.
A request to readers: If you have electronic or scannable copies of any of the comments not currently available in our Excel workbook, please e-mail them to email@example.com for inclusion.
Technically, the invoicing deadline for recurring FY 2012 services is Monday, October 28, 2013. Associated SPIN changes, if required, should also be made by this date. This year, for the first time, the FCC has instructed USAC to issue automatic one-year invoice deadline extensions to any applicant or service provider missing this deadline. Practically, therefore, the deadline will be one year hence.
The most common Form 486 deadline for early FY 2013 funding waves 1-6, issued before July 1, 2013, is October 29th. The next few deadlines, based on the requirement to file Form 486s by the later of 120 days from FCDL issuance or the start of service, are as follows:
Wave 7 10/30/2013
Wave 8 11/07/2013
Wave 9 11/13/2013
Wave 10 11/20/2013
SLD Fall Training:
The SLD is currently conducting 2013 fall training for applicants. The next workshop will be in Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 15th. The agenda and presentation slides for the workshop are posted on the SLD website.
Schools and Libraries News Brief Dated October 11 – Entity Numbers, cont.
The SLD News Brief for October 11, 2013, continues its review of entity numbers focusing in this issue on situations where new numbers are required and on how to calculate discounts for those entities. The News Brief covers the following topics:
- Buildings located on the same campus (which generally do not require a new entity number)
- School or library buildings under construction
- Non-instructional facilities (“NIFs”)