As we said in the last post, FCC Form 486 is the “receipt for service confirmation and CIPA and technology plan certification form;” it notifies USAC that your services have started or been delivered, and that you agree to follow program rules.
Today, we’ll talk about how to file the form online, and the certifications you agree to by completing the form.
After you receive the funding commitment decision letter and start your E-rate Program supported services, use the FCC Form 486 to inform USAC that they’ve started.
Some applicants mistakenly think the application process is over once they get their Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL). It’s not! You still have a few steps left before you receive your funding.
After you get your FCDL, you still have to:
- Make changes and corrections (if needed),
- Submit the FCC Form 486 to confirm that services started and to report your Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance status (as applicable), and
- Invoice USAC to receive your funding.
PIA review ends with a decision about your funding. Today, we’ll cover funding commitments and funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs).
You’ll get an email when your FCDL is ready
When USAC makes a decision about your funding requests, the contact person listed on the FCC Form 471 will receive an email prompting them to log into EPC. The funding commitment decision letter (FCDL) will be in the EPC Notifications (with the subject: EPC Notification – E-rate Funding Commitment Decision Letter).
Reminder: No paper funding commitment decisions letters (FCDLs) will be issued this year; letters will be available only in your EPC news feed.
If a PIA reviewer has a question about your application, they’ll post it in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and send you an email, asking you to log in and respond.
Back to the program! We are picking up where we left off with the step-by-step posts about the application process. The last few posts were about the receipt acknowledgement letter (RAL), how to make changes to your funding request, and what changes you can’t make right away.