On January 29, 2018, USAC Schools & Libraries Committee held its quarterly board meeting. The Board discussed the status of fiber applications and noted that 92% of the 2017 fiber applications have now been reviewed and approved, but acknowledge that as of December 31, 2017, there were still 103 fiber applications requesting $128 million in support that remain pending for FY 2017. The SLD is working with the FCC to resolve these remaining applications.
 
Other items discussed:
  • The Board approved the Schools and Libraries Support Mechanism 2nd Quarter 2018 Programmatic Budget and Demand Projection for the January 31, 2018 FCC Filing;
  • USAC Schools and Libraries Committee approves 2nd Quarter Schools and Libraries Support Mechanism Operated Budget at $17.66 million;
  • SLD remains focused on reducing the backlogs in Post-Commitment processes, including appeals, invoicing, post commitment change processes, and post commitment forms processing;
  • SLD is working closely in coordination with USAC to ensure a smooth transition to a new call center vendor. This will involve conducting training and the current vendor will provide full support until after the FY 2018 window closes;
  • The Board has approved 97.6% of the FY 2017 Form 471 applications;
  • The Board approved Ten USAC Internal Audit Division Schools and Libraries Support Mechanism Beneficiary Audit Reports; The SLD is recommending $1.5 million in recovery based on those audits.
Note: The information above is not the official minutes from the meeting, but simply notes from Funds For Learning. The official minutes for this meeting, as well as minutes from previous meetings, can be found here.