E-rate: Universal Service Fund E-rate for Iowa Districts and Schools
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Public school districts, nonpublic schools, area education agencies and public libraries are eligible to apply for funding under the Universal Service Administrative Company "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).
Funding Year 2015
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has announced the E-rate form 471 filing “window” for funding year 2015 (2015-16 school year). The window/online form 471 is scheduled to open at 11:00 a.m. Central time on January 14 and close at 10:59 p.m. Central time on March 26.
Based upon the form 471 deadlines, that means the very latest a form 470 may be filed is February 26. However, you are strongly urged to file in January, if you haven't done so already. A list of E-rate eligible services may be found at https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-1556A1.pdf.
The E-rate online Form 471 is being greatly revamped. One of the changes in the program is the definition of urban and rural. The new designations are based upon U.S. Census Tract data rather than the county where your schools are located. You may check the urban/rural status of each entity (school and non-instructional facility) at https://sltools.universalservice.org/portal-external/urbanRuralLookup/. If you see "invalid address" when you enter entity numbers for your schools into this site, you should make sure the address (including zip code) is accurate. For those schools (and non-instructional facilities) that are "invalid address," send a request to USAC to correct any errors concerning address via "Submit a Question" at http://www.slforms.universalservice.org/EMailResponse/EMail_Intro.aspx. Be sure to include the entity number, the incorrect address and the correct address. It is important to do this prior to filing form 471 to speed up your filing process.
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