• The Wireline Competition Bureau has released a Public Notice providing guidance to schools that receive E-Rate funding on how to implement the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (the Act) (47 U.S.C. Sections 254(h)(5), 254(h)(6) and 254(l)). Under the Act, schools that receive E-Rate Funding are required to certify that their Internet safety policies include educating students about appropriate online behavior, including cyberbullying awareness and proper use of social networking websites. A copy of the Public Notice can be found here. (DA-12-1836).
  • Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has extended the filing deadlines for FCC Form 486, the Receipt of Service Confirmation Form for the Schools and Libraries fund, for Funding Year 2011 recurring services invoice submissions until January 28, 2013. This is the same deadline for non-recurring services, which means all invoices for Funding Year 2011 now are due at the same time.

In addition, USAC announced that the FCC Form 486 for Funding Year 2012 will also be due on January 28, 2013.

More information regarding these filings can be found here.

  • Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) that provide Lifeline service are required to recertify the eligibility of their base customers as of June 1, 2012 by December 31, 2012. Each ETC is then required to report the results to the FCC, the Universal Service Administrative Company, and the applicable state regulatory commission or Tribal government. The recertification process can take place in one of two ways: either through review of databases to confirm eligibility, if there are databases available; or by obtaining a signed certification from the subscriber confirming eligibility to receive Lifeline service. Each ETC must report its results on FCC Form 555 by January 31, 2013.  FCC Form 555 has not yet been released. More information can be found in the Public Notice found here. (DA 12-1626).
  • The Universal Service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2012 is 17.4%. A copy of the Public Notice announcing the rate can be found here. (DA 12-1484)