What to do when you get your funding commitment

Post 56 - What to do when you get an FCDLPIA 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.

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Quick update: First funding wave released

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program releases its funding decisions in “waves,” groups of applications that are approved weekly. Today, the program announced its first wave for Funding Year 2016 (July 2016 to June 2017): Wave: FY2016 Wave #1 (issued June 16, 2016) Applications approved: 2,251 Amount committed: $17M+ Service types: All Discount…

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Cheat sheets for success

Post 28 - Cheat sheets for successWhen your 28-day period ends and you’re ready to start FCC Form 471, it could be helpful to have a “Quick Filing Guide” nearby.  There are several different kinds of entities who have to file the FCC Form 471, and we’ve developed guidance for each of these entities to help you navigate the intricacies of the form specific to your entity.

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Set your evaluation criteria

Post 17 Set your evaluation criteria

While you are waiting to receive bids during the 28-day time period (which can be longer than 28 days but not shorter), you should establish your evaluation criteria for choosing a service provider* and use them to create an evaluation matrix. This way, you’ll be ready to easily evaluate the bids you receive after the 28-day period ends.

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