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11/17/2017News Brief Issued


The 11/17/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

11/16/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - November 17-18


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, November 17 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, November 18 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

11/10/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Saturday, November 11


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 PM-12:00 AM ET, Sunday, November 12 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

11/10/2017News Brief Issued


The 11/10/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

11/9/2017Special Edition News Brief - E-rate Hurricane Relief


A Special Edition issue of the News Brief (11/9/2017) is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

11/7/2017Special Edition News Brief Issued


A Special Edition issue of the News Brief (11/7/2017) is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

11/3/2017News Brief Issued


The 11/3/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

11/3/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Supported Web Browsers


On Sunday, November 5, 2017, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be down for scheduled maintenance. After this update is complete, EPC will not be accessible with certain web browsers. Please refer to the list of supported browsers

11/2/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Sunday, November 5


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC Training Site will be unavailable from 7:00-11:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 5 for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

11/1/2017C2 Budget Tool Outage Due to System Maintenance - November 2


The Category Two (C2) Budget Tool in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy system will be unavailable from 6:00-9:00 PM ET on Friday, November 2 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to access the C2 Budget Tool. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

11/1/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Unavailable November 1, 2017 between 12:00 pm ET and 1:00 pm ET


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable November 1, 2017 between 12:00 pm ET and 1:00 pm ET. All EPC users should log-out of the system by 12:00 pm ET.  The system will be available for use again at 1:00 pm ET. We apologize for the inconvenience.

10/27/2017News Brief Issued


The 10/2072017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

10/25/2017EPC Outage Tonight Due to System Maintenance


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 11:00 PM ET tonight, October 25, to 3:00 AM ET tomorrow morning, October 26, for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

10/20/2017New EPC Terms of Service


All EPC users must accept new Terms of Service before they can access – or continue to access – the functions and features of EPC. These new terms are posted on the USAC website, and they will also be presented each time a user logs in to EPC until the terms are accepted.

If you are a new user –

When your user account is created – either by your account administrator or by the Client Service Bureau (CSB) – follow these steps:

  • Go to the EPC login screen.
  • Click the Accept button.
  • Enter your username (your email address) and click the Reset Password link.
  • You will receive an email with a link to log in with your username and create a password.
  • Use your new password to log in to EPC.
  • You will be taken to a screen in the Tasks menu that has a task that features a large check mark in a box and the caption Complete Terms and Conditions. Click on the task.
  • Read the Terms of Service and click the Accept button at the bottom of the screen.
  • You will now be able to access your EPC user account and your organization's account.

If you are an existing user –

  • Go to the EPC login screen.
  • Click the Accept button.
  • Enter your username (your email address) and password.
  • You will be taken to the new Terms of Service page. Read the terms of service and click Accept. You must complete this task before you can access any other features of EPC.

10/20/2017News Brief Issued


The 10/20/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

10/19/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: Thursday, October 19, 2017


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 9:35 -1:35 AM ET on Thursday, October 19 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.      

10/13/2017News Brief Issued


The 10/13/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

10/9/2017FCC Releases Hurricane Relief Order


On October 6, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order to assist Universal Service Fund (USF) participants who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The order waives certain rules and deadlines for E-rate, Rural Health Care (RHC), and Lifeline and USF contributors located in affected areas.

You can find more information here

10/6/2017News Brief Issued


The 10/06/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

10/6/2017FCC Releases FY2018 Eligible Services List


On October 5, 2017, in Public Notice DA 17-973, the FCC released the Eligible Services List (ESL) for Funding Year (FY) 2018. Appendix A contains a list of commenters, and Appendix B contains the ESL itself.

10/6/20172017 E-rate Training - Register Today!


The USAC Schools and Libraries Division will hold a training sessions for E-rate Program participants this fall. During the training you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from members of the USAC Schools and Libraries team on key topics important to successfully participating in the program.

USAC will be conducting in-person E-rate training sessions at the following locations:

Program participants can register for the training sessions in the Upcoming Events section of the Trainings and Outreach page on the USAC website.

Please note that attendees will make their own arrangements for hotel accommodations and meals.  

9/30/2017Special Edition News Brief - EPC Has a New Look


The 09/30/2017 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

9/29/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/29/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

9/27/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 29-30


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* will be unavailable from 11:00 AM ET on Friday, September 29 through noon ET Saturday, September 30 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use the training site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

9/27/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 29-30


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 9:00 PM ET on Friday, September 29 through noon ET Saturday, September 30 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

9/22/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/22/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

9/22/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - September 22-23


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, September 22 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, September 23 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

9/22/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 23-24


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, September 23 through 2:00 AM ET Sunday, September 24 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in, or to file, certify, and search for certain forms via the EPC. We apologize for any inconvenience.

9/15/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/15/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

9/8/2017News Brief Issued


The 09/08/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

8/25/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/25/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

8/24/2017FCC Form 472 (BEAR) Training Site Now Available


Applicants can now train on or practice filing and certifying an FCC Form 472, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form on the BEAR Training Site.

8/24/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 24


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) *TRAINING SITE* will be unavailable from 3:00-4:30 PM ET, Thursday, August 24 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to the training site. We apologize for any inconvenience.

8/22/2017Special Edition News Brief - FY2018 FCC Form 470 Drop-down Options for Eligible Services


The 08/22/2017 Special Edition issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

8/18/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/18/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

8/18/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - August 18-19


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, August 18 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, August 19 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

8/14/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Service Restored


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) service is restored and available for use.

8/14/2017E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) is Currently Unavailable


The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) is not accessible at this time. This message will be updated when the system is available.

8/11/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/11/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

8/4/2017News Brief Issued


The 08/04/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

7/28/2017News Brief Issued


The 07/28/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.  

7/25/2017New Videos Now Available in the Online Learning Library


The following videos have been added to the Online Learning Library:

FCC Form 470 Video Series

  • How to File an FCC Form 470
  • How to Search for FCC Forms 470

Program Rules and Requirements

Webinar Recordings

  • July 18, 2017 - How to File FCC Form 470

7/25/2017Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance - July 28-29


The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 6:00 PM ET on Friday, July 28 through 10:00 AM ET Saturday, July 29 for system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to file invoices and use some of the search tools. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NOTE: The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will not be affected by this maintenance.

3/17/2017News Brief Issued


The 03/17/2017 issue of the News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.