Historically, USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division has hosted monthly service provider conference calls, providing information and guidance for vendors participating in the E-rate program. In an effort to maximize efficiency, the SLD has developed the conference call into a monthly webinar. Highlights from the September 10, 2014 service provider webinar include:

August 2014 Commitments
 
August 2014 Commitments  

Reminder - New Webinar Format: Generally scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month, service providers must register here for each webinar separately. The next monthly webinar is scheduled for October 1, 2014.  

SLD Applicant Training Reminder: Starting September 29, 2014, the SLD will be conducting 8 trainings and the first training will be held in Washington, DC.  The trainings are currently full, but stakeholders can register to be on the wait list.

Invoicing Update: Payments for the month of August  totaled $194.million against $241.9 million in requests.  USAC processed invoices for 1630 service providers and 97% of the invoices were processed within 30 days.

Top Denial Reasons:

  • SPIN Not Registered
  • Total Commitment Paid
  • Duplicate Invoices
  • SPAC Not Certified
  • Billed Outside Funding Year

Q&A

Q: When will the FY 2015 Form 470 be released?

A: The FCC is waiting for the OMB to approve the FY 2015 Form 470, however, applicants can use the current form if they intend to enter into contracted services.

There were several questions seeking clarification on services/products on the Draft Eligible Services List for FY 2015.  The SLD is recommending that stakeholders send in reply comments on the FCC’s Draft Eligible Services List for FY 2015 to the FCC.  Reply comment period extends through September 18th. E-rate stakeholders can submit comments online via the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System.

Note: The information above is not the official minutes from the webinar, but simply notes from Funds For Learning. The official minutes for this webinar can be found here and archived call notes can be found here.