E-rate Form 471 Application Filing Window Dates Announced

From the USAC website: FY2018 Application Filing Window Dates Announced The FCC Form 471 application filing window for Funding Year 2018 will open Thursday, January 11, 2018 at noon EST and close Thursday, March 22, 2018. You can read the USAC announcement for full details. To prepare for the window opening:
  • If you haven’t already done so, file your FCC Form 470 now; you don’t need to wait for the window to open.
    • To file your FCC Form 470, log into the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC). You must wait 28 days after your FCC Form 470 is posted to the USAC website before you can close your competitive bidding process, select a service provider, sign a contract (if applicable), and submit an FCC Form 471. If you issue an RFP after the FCC Form 470 is posted, you must wait 28 days from the release of the RFP to select a service provider.
    • Thursday, February 22 the deadline to post your FCC Form 470 to the USAC website or issue an RFP and still complete all of these actions before the window closes.
  • Log-in or create your account in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and then review, update or assign user rights for anyone who will need access for FY2017. Review your EPC profile and confirm all of your information is accurate including your organization’s name, address and entities. Your profile is now unlocked and available for you to insert any further updates but will be locked again on January 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Libraries should confirm their square footage, main branch, and public school district of the main branch information is correct and that any bookmobiles or kiosks are included.
You can find additional resources and instructions for using the EPC on the USAC website and on the NLC’s E-rate website. Please contact Christa Porter if you have any questions or need any assistance submitting your E-rate forms.
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