Monthly Archives: May 2014

What To Do if You get a Letter from USAC

Though out the filing process, USAC reviewers are constantly sending out notifications of stage completions and if needed… requesting additional clarification or documentation.  On the inital forms submitted, your CTI representative was posted as the primary contact however, sometimes information requests or notifications are sent to the school address rather than being sent to your representative.  If you ever receive anything by mail or email from a email, please forward it to us.

Also, if you ever receive an email from one of your service providers that mention eRate funding, please forward that to us as well.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Announced Plans to Change the E-rate program

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced plans to bring changes to the federal E-rate program, which supports K-12 schools and libraries and has an annual budget of $2.4 billion. Among the newly proposed policies:

• A $2 billion increase for broadband funding over the next two years;

• Applications in the current 2014 funding cycle that “get the most students the most broadband,” without favoring urban school systems, will be prioritized;

• Opportunities for greater productivity in use of funding in the program will be prioritized after an ongoing, internal review;

• The release of a public notice soon that emphasizes phasing out outdated “legacy services” and focuses on broadband; and

• Prioritizing rather than penalizing, applications from groups of schools.

SOURCE: Federal Communications Commission
However— No changes have been announced so we are still waiting to see any changes and when that will actually effect the filing process or actual funding.  Please watch for updates.