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E-rate: Universal Service Fund E-rate for Iowa Districts and Schools


Public school districts, nonpublic schools, area education agencies and public libraries are eligible to apply for funding under the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) "E-rate" Program. E-rate provides discounts on telecommunications services (such as telephone service and data circuits), Internet, and internal connections (such as routers and switches).

E-rate Form 470 Webinar

The E-rate program application process for the 17-18 school year starts soon. Join in one of the form 470 webinars where you will be shown how to use the E-rate “EPC” portal. No advance registration is required.

For those unable to participate in any session, send Pam Jacobs an email at and a recording will be made available to you after December 15. Training webinars for completing the new E-rate form 471 will be announced in the February SLU.

E-rate Update Fall 2016

Funding Year 2015 Wrap Up

For most Iowa E-rate applicants, now is time to wrap up funding year 2015, including ensuring that you have filed for all E-rate reimbursements for the 2015-16 school year (aka E-rate funding year 2015). In general, October 28, 2016 is the deadline for recurring services for the 2015-16 school year. These services are typically telephone, Internet, and WAN circuits. (If you received E-rate discounts on bills, then this deadline does not apply to you).

Funding Year 2016 Action

While E-rate funding waves for the 2016-17 school year (aka E-rate Funding Year 2017) are running behind previous years, many Iowa applicants have been approved for their E-rate funding. This year all funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) are found in the E-rate EPC portal. Form 486 is found in the portal as well. E-rate rules specify that form 486 must be filed 120 days after start of service or 120 days after the date of the FCDL, whichever is later.
Learn more about these important deadlines, as well as what we may expect for funding year 2017. Join in one of the following webinars (repeat sessions). If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted here after September 22.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 23, 2017 at 10:00pm.