Count of E-rate Form 471 Applications
School and library participation rates in the E-rate program remain at a record high-level, and there is no reason to believe that fewer applicants will be submitting funding requests this year. The slow start to the Form 471 filing window suggests that there are other factors at play. These could include new data collection requirements, confusion and last-minute changes regarding the E-rate 2.0 rules, and limitations of the new online form on the USAC web site.
The lower number of Form 471 applications has led some applicants to suggest that an extension of the E-rate filing window deadline may be required this year. Applicants are encouraged to take this brief survey to show whether they support such a delay and, if so, share the reasons why.