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April 22, 2024


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 (516-801-7810), or through our Contact Us web form. Additional E-rate information is located on the E-Rate Central website.

E-Rate for FY 2024:

The Form 471 filing window for FY 2024 closed on March 27th.  The preliminary demand total is $3.2 billion, up from $2.9 billion last year.  If USAC stays true to form, Wave 1 will be issued before the end of this month.

E-Rate for FY 2023:

USAC issued Wave 52 for FY 2023 on Thursday, April 18th, for $1.03 million for six applications.  Total funding is $2.58 billion. At this point, USAC has funded 98.1% of the originally submitted applications representing 94.3% of the dollars requested.

Upcoming Dates:

April 26 Form 486 deadline for FY 2023 Wave 36.  More generally, the Form 486 deadline is 120 days from the FCDL date or from the service start date (typically July 1st), whichever is later.  Upcoming Form 486 deadlines are:
Wave 37               05/03/2024
Wave 38               05/10/2024
Wave 39               05/17/2024
Wave 40               05/24/2024
May 28 Extended invoice deadline for FY 2022 non-recurring service FRNs.
June 30 Last day to receive FY 2023 recurring services and all ECF Window 3 services.
June 30 Last day to light fiber (or request an extension) for special construction projects from FY 2023.
August 29     Invoice deadline for ECF Window 3 applications.

USAC’s E-Rate News Brief dated April 18, 2024, provides reminders and tips related to the PIA application review process including the following:

  • A reminder for service providers to file their Form 473, Service Provider Annual Certification (“SPAC”) for FY 2024.  Note: Neither BEAR nor SPI invoices will be paid by USAC if the associated service providers have not filed their SPACs for that funding year.
  • A brief overview of the PIA process including initial review, final review, and quality assurance.
  • Suggestions to applicants to:
    • Review their Form 471s and submit, if necessary, RAL Modification Requests.
    • Review and update, if necessary, contract records.
    • Review and retain competitive bidding information.
    • Monitor your contact address and EPC account.
    • Monitor the status of your application using USAC’s E-Rate FRN Status Tool FY2016+.

The News Brief also indicates that the registration window for this fall’s three in-person USAC training sessions will open at 3:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow, April 23rd, with the following registration links:

  • September 17th in Dallas, Texas.  Register.
  • October 7th in Washington, D.C.  Register.
  • October 29th in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Register.