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Step 3 Applying for Discounts

Updated May 2017

FCC Form 471 Filing

Purpose of Form

Applicants file an FCC Form 471, Description of Services Ordered and Certification Form, to request discounts on eligible products and services. Applicants must include information on the recipients of services, discount calculations, costs of service, dates of service, and service provider(s); provide detailed descriptions of services; and certify compliance with program rules.

When to File

You can file the FCC Form 471 as soon as the application filing window opens. Each year, in advance of the filing window, USAC announces the exact dates and times of the window on the USAC website.

Note: You cannot file the FCC Form 471 before the Allowable Vendor Selection/Contract Date (ACD), which is 28 days after your FCC Form 470 is posted to the USAC website.

Deadline: You must certify your FCC Form 471 by 11:59 PM EDT on the date that the application filing window closes. If you file your form after this date, it will be considered out-of-window and you are unlikely to receive funding.

Where to File

You must file the FCC Form 471 online in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). If you do not have an account in EPC, call our Client Service Bureau (CSB) at (888) 203-8100.

Related User Guides

 
Related Templates

The current version of the templates and their version numbers are provided below. There is also a user guide you can use to prepare your templates.

For step-by-step filing guidance on the FCC Form 471, watch the FCC Form 471 video series.

After Filing

USAC issues a Receipt Acknowledgment Letter (RAL) to both the applicant and the service provider(s) in EPC after the applicant certifies their in-window FCC Form 471. The letter contains instructions for submitting allowable corrections.

USAC issues a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) to both the applicant and the service provider in EPC after we have reviewed an FCC Form 471.

Submitting Window Waiver Requests

Some applicants have had to wait until after the application filing window has closed to complete and certify their FCC Forms 471. This may happen, for example, because they filed the FCC Form 470 late or signed the contract after the filing window closed.

USAC does not consider these applications for funding if they remain in an out-of-window status. For USAC to move these applications to an in-window status, the applicant must request – and the FCC must grant – a waiver of the filing window deadline.

To file a window waiver request:

  • Make sure you have followed all program rules. For example, you must still wait at least 28 days after you certified your FCC Form 470 before you choose a service provider, sign a contract (if applicable), and certify your FCC Form 471. USAC cannot approve appeals or waiver requests that ask for a waiver from program rules.
  • File and certify your FCC Form 471 in EPC. You will then receive an out-of-window message.
  • File a window waiver request with the FCC.

For guidance on filing waiver requests with the FCC, go to the section titled "To File an Appeal with the FCC" in the appeals guidance document on the USAC website. Note that you can file your appeal electronically using the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

To file online:

  • Go to the ECFS "Submit a Filing" page.
  • Enter "02-6" in the "Proceeding" field.
    • Provide the information requested. (There are certain fields that are not applicable, such as the "Report Number" or "Bureau ID Number. ") Be sure to choose "WAIVER" or "PETITION FOR WAIVER" from the dropdown menu in the "Type of Filing" field.
  • Click the text in the "Upload Documents" field to open an upload window and attach your appeal and any supporting documentation. You can also drag and drop your file(s) into the "Upload Documents" field.
  • Review your work, make any necessary changes, and then submit your waiver request.