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May 27, 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:

Wave 5 for FY 2024 was released on Thursday, May 23rd, for $60.6 million.  Total funding is now $1.29 billion.  At this early point, USAC has already funded 70.3% of the originally submitted applications representing 41.8% of the dollars requested.

E-Rate for FY 2023:

Wave 55 for FY 2023 was released on Friday, May 24th, for $10.5 million.  Total funding is $2.63 billion.  At this point, USAC has funded 98.3% of the originally submitted applications representing 96.4% of the dollars requested.

Upcoming Dates:

May 28 Extended invoice deadline for FY 2022 non-recurring service FRNs.
May 31 Form 486 deadline for FY 2023 Wave 41.  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 42              06/07/2024
Wave 43              06/14/2024
The first Form 486 deadline for FY 2024, for applicants funded on or before July 1st, will be October 29th.  Applicants filing before July 1st should check the early filing certification box (see our newsletter of April 29th).
June 6 FCC open meeting at which the Commission will vote on rules to govern the three-year, $200 million, cybersecurity pilot program.  The FCC will also consider a proposal to require reporting on internet gateway protocol.
June 20 USAC’s Beginning E-Rate Services webinar (register).
June 30 Last day to receive (or file service substitutions for) FY 2023 recurring services.
June 30 Last day to light fiber (or request an extension) for special construction projects from FY 2023.
June 30 Last day to receive ECF Window 3 services; all equipment must be received by this date.
June 30 Last date for applicants to complete Funds For Learning’s important annual E-rate survey.  See our newsletter of May 6th.
August 29     Invoice deadline for ECF Window 3 applications.

USAC’s E-Rate News Brief dated May 23, 2024, provides tips for responding to PIA inquiries beginning with brief descriptions of how applicants will be notified of outstanding questions via email or the News tab in EPC.  To access an inquiry, go to the Summary page of the appropriate Form 471 in EPC and click on “Review Inquiries” at the top of the page.  At this point, there are three options:

  • Click on the “Respond to Inquiries” button to view and respond to PIA questions.
  • Request an extension of time to respond.
  • Submit a request to modify the Form 471 information.

Last week’s News Brief also covers the following topics:

  • Summer PIA deferral period (if needed) that began on May 24th.
  • Tips on filing the Form 486.
  • 2024 training and outreach opportunities.
  • Review of individual EPC permission levels for various invoicing activities that are best summarized in the following chart:
    E-rate EPC permission levels chart