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USAC Service Provider Webinar Notes – April 2015

USAC’s Schools and Libraries Division hosts monthly service provider conference calls, providing information and guidance for vendors participating in the E-rate program. Highlights from the April 1, 2015 service provider webinar include:

March 2015 E-rate Commitments
March 2015 E-rate Commitments

Service Provider Training Dates Announced: The SLD will hold two service provider trainings in June.

  • June 2, 2015 in Phoenix AZ
  • June 16, 2015 in Tampa, FL

SLD Training Registration information can be found here

Invoicing Update: Payments for the month of March totaled $138 million against $167 million in requests.  USAC processed invoices for 1,401 service providers and 98% of the invoices were processed within 30 days.

Invoice rejection trends:

  • Duplicate Invoice
  • SPIN Not Registered
  • Total Commitment Paid
  • Invoiced After Deadline


Question: A service provider is offering webinars presenting networking solutions for K12. The web site states that qualified attendees will receive a free access point. The value of an access point is more than $20. If personnel of E-rate participating schools or libraries attend the webinar, would E-rate program rules permit them to accept the free access point?
Answer: A service provider selling E-rate eligible equipment to schools is subject to the gift rule and this specific example would be a compliance violation.

Question: If only one line item on an FRN is ineligible, will this cause a complete denial or will USAC work with the applicant to correct the FRN? Also, will an FRN with an ineligible item be considered unworkable and be delayed considerably?
Answer: The SLD will work with the applicant and the commitment should not be delayed due to this issue.

Question: When an FCC Form 474 invoice is short paid, what is the best way to get the details on the short paid amount?
Answer: Use the “Submit a Question” SLD feature to get this resolved.

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.

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