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E-Rate Central News for the Week
November 28, 2016

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 website.

Last week was a quiet one for E-rate Aside from two funding waves, there were few developments of note We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Funding Status – FY 2015 and FY 2016

Last Monday’s Wave 22 for FY 2016 totaled $54.6 million.  Cumulative national funding through Wave 21 is $1.09 billion. Wave 23 is expected to be released this Monday, November 28th.

Wave 70 for FY 2015, with $624 thousand for two Arkansas districts, was released on November 25th. Cumulative funding for FY 2015 is $3.28 billion.

E-Rate Updates and Reminders

Upcoming 2016 E-Rate Deadlines:

November 28   Form 486 deadline for FY 2016 funding committed in Wave 6 is today. More generally, the Form 486 deadline is 120 days from the FCDL date or the service start date (often July 1st), whichever is later. This means that Form 486 deadlines for funding commitments received in later waves will follow at roughly one week intervals, including the following November-December deadlines:

Wave 7         12/05/2016
Wave 8         12/12/2016
Wave 9         12/19/2016
Wave 10       12/26/2016

Applicants missing these (or earlier) deadlines should watch carefully for “Form 486 Urgent Reminder Letters” (actually emails directing the applicants to EPC News Feed items). The Reminders will afford applicants with 15-day extensions from the date of the emails to submit their Form 486s without penalty (see USAC News Brief of November 4th). The first batch of Reminders is expected to be released later this month.

December 5 FCC deadline for submitting reply comments on the Boulder Valley and Microsoft petitions regarding off-campus use of existing E-rate supported connectivity (see DA 16-1051 and our newsletter of November 7th).
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.