Once you’ve successfully entered a funding request and generated a funding request number (FRN) File Along with Me , it’s time to add line items that describe the funding request in detail. Start by clicking on the newly-created, blue FRN number to add a line item.
Then, you’ll see a new chart where you can add funding request line items. Click on the green button, “Add New FRN Line Item,” to start a new line item.
For more complex services, beginner applicants usually need help filling out the FRN line items. If you are not familiar with communications services and technologies (or, even if you are!), USAC recommends contacting your service provider for assistance filling out this highly-detailed section of the form.
Bulk upload is available!
Large groups of applicants (like consortia, statewide applications, large school districts and large library systems) can use “bulk upload” to add many line items at once. You can download the bulk upload templates from the Filing Window Headquarters, then follow the Bulk Upload Line Item Guide or the Bulk Upload Video Series to complete and upload the template.
For smaller applications, it is probably easier to enter your data directly into the form.
Add a line item: Product and service details
The next screen asks for the “purpose” and “function” of the line item. We’ve heard from beginners that selecting the “purpose” can be confusing.
Here are the choices you can choose from for “Data Transmission and Internet,” and what each selection means:
- Internet access service that includes a connection from any applicant site directly to the Internet Service Provider
- What it means: A connection that goes directly to a school/library from their service provider
- This is the option to select for most simple Internet services
- Data Connection between two or more sites entirely within the applicant’s network
- Example: Connections between schools in a school district, or libraries in a library system. It is NOT a direct connection to the service provider
- Data connection(s) for an applicant’s hub site to an Internet Service Provider or state/regional network where Internet access service is billed separately
- What it means: A “hub site” is where the data connection comes in from the service provider, and can go out to multiple entities. Select this option if you are paying for ability for the hub site to connect to the Internet, not the Internet access itself (the Internet access is billed separately).
- Internet access service with no circuit (data circuit to ISP state/regional network is billed separately)
- What it means: You are not paying for the ability to connect to the Internet (the infrastructure). You are only paying for the Internet access.
Again, if you’re not sure what purpose your connection is used for, we recommend asking your service provider for help with this section.
Function and type of connection
Next, select the “Function” and “Type of Connection” for the line item. The “Type of Connection” drop-down will populate based on what you select for the “Function.” But for some users, it’s easier to start with the “Type of Connection” instead.
Here are the types of connections available for each function in the drop-down menu:
Includes these types of connections: DS-1, DS-3, DS-4, Dark Fiber (No Special Construction), Dark Fiber IRU (No Special Construction), OC-1, OC-3, OC-12, OC-24, OC-48, OC-192, OC-256, OC-768, Switched Multimegabit Data Service, OC-N (TDM Fiber), Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Ethernet, MPLS.
Includes these types of connections: ATM, ISDN-BRI, Cable Modem, T-1, T-3, T-4, T-5, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Ethernet, Fractional T-1, Frame Relay, Switched Multimegabit Data Service.
Includes these types of connections: Microwave, Satellite Service, Data plan for portable device, Wireless data service.
Includes these types of connections: Broadband Over Power Lines, Radio Loop, Other.
Note: If you choose “Other,” enter the type of connection in the next column; otherwise, leave that column blank.
Includes these types of connections: Maintenance and Technical Support, Installation, Activation and Initial Configuration, Taxes and USF Fees.
More details are available in the Line Item and Recipient of Service Guide. Although the guide is designed to aid bulk upload users, the information in “Line-by-Line Instructions” section can be helpful to any school or library entering line items.
If you’re not sure what function or type of connection to select, contact your service provider for assistance.
Once you’ve made your selections, press “Continue.”
Next, we’ll cover how to enter information about your bandwidth speed and connection information.