The Universal Service Administrative Company this week reported to the Federal Communications Commission that it still had a total of $365 million in undisbursed E-rate funding available to roll-over for future funding years. This estimate is based on having the contingency funds available for pending appeals and remaining invoices that still may need to be paid.
USAC reported the breakdown as follows:
- $15 million available from Funding Year 1999
- $200 million available from Funding Year 2002
- $150 million from Funding Year 2003
USAC further reported that as of June 30, 2006:
- The SLD has 1 potentially fundable application from the 1999 Funding Year
- The SLD has 153 potentially fundable applications from the 2001 Funding Year
- The SLD has 91 potentially fundable applications from the 2002 Funding Year
- The SLD has 104 potentially fundable applications from the 2003 Funding Year
- The SLD has 228 potentially fundable application from the 2004 Funding Year
- The SLD has 769 potentially fundable applications from the 2005 Funding Year
- The SLD reported that 14,414 funding commitment decision letters (FCDL's) had been issued to applicants for the 2006 Funding Year.
The SLD has hundreds of applications to process since the March 31st report due to the Bishop Perry Order and other recent favorable FCC appeal decisions. The SLD has asked USAC for approximately $3.5 million to increase their resources to respond to the recent FCC decisions. The SLD will also create a new Training Program Manager to help educate schools and service providers on how to succeed.
According to a Funds For Learning analysis the SLD has as of August 2, 2006:
- $2,899,258,710 pending in Funding Year 2006
- $770,384,990 pending in Funding Year 2005
- $226,103,211 pending in Funding Year 2004
- $62,740,705 pending in Funding Year 2003
- $6,156,650 pending in Funding Year 2002
- $29,878,981 pending in Funding Year 2001