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FY2011 Invoice Deadline Approaching10/22/2012
The invoicing deadline for recurring services (many telecommunications, internet access and basic maintenance services) for the 2011 funding year is October 29, 2012. The invoicing deadline has been extended from October 28 to October 29 because the 28th falls on a Sunday.
According to a Funds For Learning analysis as of October 22, 2012:
11,932 priority one applicants have started the BEAR process, totaling $648.7 million in commitments
222 basic maintenance applicants have started the BEAR process, totaling $6.3 million in commitments
14,229 applicants have elected to have their vendor provide discounted priority one invoices, affecting 1,491 service providers and totaling $808.7 million in commitments
1,455 applicants have elected to have their vendor provide discounted basic maintenance invoices, affecting 424 service providers and totaling $60 million in commitments
11,476 priority one applicants have not yet selected a payment method, totaling $437.6 million in commitments
993 basic maintenance applicants have not yet selected a payment method, totaling $37.8 million in commitments
Applicants must have their Forms 472 (BEARs) certified by their service providers and submitted, and service providers must have their Forms 474 (SPIs) submitted, by the October 29th deadline. An invoice deadline extension may be requested, but it is advisable to file the extension request before the deadline passes.
Whitepaper Available: 2012 Survey of E-rate Applicants
In June 2012, Funds For Learning concluded a nationwide survey of E-rate applicants. The results of the survey have been published in a whitepaper available for download.10/11/2012
2012 Applicant Survey Results
In June 2012, Funds For Learning conducted a survey of E-rate applicants, asking them to share their opinions about their E-rate priorities in the face of rising demand. In a time when technology needs are increasing while budgets continue to shrink, the overwhelming response to the survey highlights the importance of the continued success of the E-rate to applicants across the country.10/9/2012