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Epic Communications:

Has e-Rate experience since the passing of the Telecomunications Act of 1996 and the first Federal Communications Commission orders that initiated the the e-Rate program in 1997.

Has a commitment to its customers.

Deals well with vendors in getting money to the district.

Is eager to help your district save money.

Has an experienced staff, including a regulatory attorney with a complete understanding of SLD rules and regulations.

Technology Planning Process

This planning process outline establishes an authentic and practical vision of district educational priorities, a linkage to technology's use to achieve these priorities, and a funding plan.

The usage of several funding sources, including E-rate, to pay for district technology needs requires the accomodation of an annual deadline structure, and the identification of products/services that are eligible for various types of funding.

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Significant Implications of the FCC's Third Report and Order for E-rate Recipients

The FCC's Third Report and Order states "[r]ecipients of support are expected to use all equipment purchased with universal service discounts at the particular location for the specified purpose for a reasonable peoriod of time." If equipment is not serving the entities specified on the FCC Form 471 Funding Request Number (FRN) approved by USAC, applicants need to ensure that they have not transferred the equipment in a manner inconsistent with FCC rules.

Significant Implications of the FCC's Fifth Report and Order for E-rate Recipients

Penalties for Failure to Comply

Failing to retain records or failing to make available required documentation is a rule violation that may warrant recovery of universal service support monies that were previously disbursed for the time period for which such information is being sought.

SLD Requirements:

  • Pre-bidding Process
  • Bidding Process
  • Application Process
  • Purchase and Delivery of Services
  • Forms and Rule Compliance
  • Consultants
  • Invoicing
  • Inventory
  • The FCC Order states, in relevant part:

    Applicants and service providers must: retain all records related to the application for, receipt and delivery of discounted services for a period of five years after the last day of service delivered for a particular Funding Year.

    Significant Implications of the FCC's Sixth Report and Order for E-rate Recipients

    The FCC's Sixth Report and Order focus on:

    1. Expanded Access to Low-Cost Fiber

    2. Community Use of Schools' E-Rate Funded Facilities and Services

    3. Expanding Access for Residential Schools that Serve Unique Populations

    4. Indexing the Annual Funding Cap to Inflation

    5. Streamling and Simplifying Administrative Requirements

    6.Technology Plan Rules

    7. Competitive Bidding Process (The FCC has obvserved that competitive bidding is vital to ensuring that schools and libraries - and the E-Rate program - receive the best value for their limited funds and to clarifiy the prohibition against E-Rate applicants receiving gifts)

    8. Clarifying Process for Disposal of Obselete Equipment

    While Canon-McMillan School District is not a new Order on Appeal, its significance is important in terms of untimely filing of the FCC Form 474 for Applicant Reimbursement.


      Summary of E-Rate Modernization Order

      E-Rate Modernization Order July 11th, 2014

      FCC Formal Guidance for Recovery of Funds from SLD Applicants


      SLD Website

      Getting Started with E-rate

      Applying for an FCC Registration Number

      E-rate Process Checklist

      Web-Based Lesson Plans

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