On September 21, 2020, Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced that the second FY2020 filing window opened today, September 21,2020 at 12:00p.m. EST and will close October 16, 2020 at 11:59p.m. EST. In their special edition news brief, USAC stated, “…This window will enable schools to request additional bandwidth needed to meet the unanticipated and increased demand for on-campus connectivity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic without having to undergo a new competitive bidding process if they meet the following requirements:
  • they already sought bids for the services by posting an FCC Form 470 for FY2020;
  • they received a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) from USAC approving a funding request for Category One internet access and/or data transmission services that relied on that FCC Form 470 or they have such a request pending with USAC; and
  • they are requesting additional E-rate discounts on an FCC Form 471 during this second window to purchase additional bandwidth through their existing service provider or a new service provider.
Keep in mind that services requested during this second FY2020 application filing window are limited to additional on-campus Category One internet access and/or data transmission services needed to meet schools' additional bandwidth needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic…”

USAC special news brief may be found here

The FCC Order creating second FY2020 E-rate filing window has been published in the Federal Register and may be found here