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October 2004 Announcements
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The Eligible Services List to be used for Fund Year 2005 is now available. Go to the Eligible Services List.
The Fifth Report and Order (FCC 04-190, released August 13, 2004) states that all participants in the E-Rate program must obtain an FCC Registration Number (FCC RN). Participants are required to obtain at least one FCC RN for each Taxpayer Identification Number by November 1, 2004, pursuant to Public Notice DA 04-2994 (released September 16, 2004) and Public Notice FCC 04-230 (released September 28, 2004).
FCC RNs are required for entities that do business with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Therefore, if your entity already has an FCC license (for example, for ITFS or a radio station), you may already have an FCC RN. If you already have an FCC RN, you do not need to get a new one simply for the purposes of E-rate.
We anticipate that we will be able to provide a procedure to assist applicants in obtaining FCC RNs corresponding to individual Entity Numbers by the opening of the Form 471 application filing window. However, this does not relieve your obligation to obtain at least one FCC RN by November 1. For now, please be aware that, although Form 470 and Form 471 for Funding Year 2005 do not have fields for FCC RNs, you will be asked to provide FCC RNs for all Billed Entities and recipients of service during PIA review.
Who Should Obtain an FCC RN
The following entities participating in the E-rate program must have FCC RNs:
NOTE: Although an entity may have only one Taxpayer Identification Number (see below), that entity may have to obtain more than one FCC RN. While we encourage entities to obtain all of the FCC RNs that they need on their own, the law requires that they obtain at least one FCC RN by November 1, 2004.
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) / Employer Identification Number (EIN)
A Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a nine-digit number that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires of all individuals, businesses, and other employers to identify their tax accounts with the IRS.
How to Obtain an FCC RN
You can apply online for an FCC RN from the FCC web site.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, you can also file a paper copy of the CORES Registration Form. This form can also be faxed to you by contacting the FCC Registration Number Helpline at 1-877-480-3201. The instructions to the Form 160 include directions for filing. Should you have any further questions about filing on paper, contact the FCC Registration Number Helpline.
Helpful Tips for Applying for an FCC RN
Because the CORES system is used in conjunction with many different FCC programs, the information requested in the application process may not closely match that of the entities that participate in the E-rate program. NOTE: We do not use the type and subtype information you provide in this application for our review of funding requests.
1. Business Type and Subtype
2. Business Name
3. Organization Name
4. Contact Person
If you need more information, please contact one of the following:
SLD is pleased to announce that registration for service provider training in Providence, Rhode Island is now open for registration. Click the following link for more information, 2004 SP Training. This link can also be found under the Training and Outreach bar on SLD's home page. Please note that SLD will be providing training in Providence instead of Chicago.
Service providers will be required to pre-register and guarantee payment in advance. The Training Agenda and Presentations and Draft Forms for the training sessions are available on the 2004 Service Provider Training page. Attendees should print out hard copies of the training materials, because no hard copies will be provided at the workshops. Please submit your inquiries with respect to the SP training only by clicking here.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began treating funding commitment
decision letters (FCDLs) issued for the Universal Service Schools and Libraries
and Rural Health Care Support Mechanisms as budgetary obligations on September
30, 2004. At that time, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
began tracking the amount of unobligated Universal Service Fund (USF) monies
on hand to support new funding commitments. USAC expects that, going forward,
at various times, it may have less unobligated cash than the total dollar value
of new commitments ready to be issued. View
Three documents related to audits have been posted to the Reference Area of this web site. These documents contain information gleaned from beneficiary audits conducted under the Schools and Libraries Support Mechanism.
Beneficiary Audits - Auditors’ Observations replaces the document Beneficiary Audits - Preliminary Auditors’ Observations. This document lists the observations made by auditors during the audits for Funding Year 2000.
Audits of Beneficiaries Fact Sheet is an updated version of an existing document. This document provides a short description of the audit process and provides a list of documents auditors will request as part of an audit.
Best Practices is a new document that provides information on best practices. These practices, if followed, will assist applicants and service providers to comply with program rules.
Two important deadlines are approaching for certain Funding Year 2004 and Funding Year 2003 applicants.
The deadline for postmarking invoices (Form 472 BEAR Forms and Form 474 SPI Forms) for FY2003 recurring services is October 28, 2004. For more information, please refer to Invoicing Deadlines and Extension Requests posted in the Reference Area of this web site.
If your FY2004 FCDL was dated on or before July 1, 2004 and your Service Start Date for FY2004 services is July 1, 2004, your Form 486 must be received or postmarked no later than October 29, 2004. For more information, please refer to Form 486 Deadlines posted in the Reference Area of this web site. Remember that if you received a partial funding commitment on a funding request and are appealing that reduction, you must still meet the Form 486 deadline for that funding request.
Key SLD topics covered by SLD staff at the 2004 SLD TTT Workshop have been recorded and will be available October 15, 2004. Recorded sessions will be posted on the SLD’s WebEx site. Please follow the link to Recorded Sessions. If you need more information on WebEx recordings, you can access the SLD’s WebEx Recordings page by following the WebEx Recording link under the Training and Outreach bar on the left side of SLD’s website.
Please submit any questions regarding WebEx training and/or the recordings via e-mail.
A series of live E-rate training sessions will be offered via WebEx to service providers, applicants and consultants. The sessions will begin on October 20, 2004 and run through the first week of February 2005. Each session will be offered several times so participants can choose a time that best fits their schedules.
The topics covered in the training sessions will be the same as those offered during the Train-the-Trainer workshop held on September 27–29, 2004. To review those presentations, you can visit the “Train-the-Trainer” Presentations 2004 page in the Reference Area of this web site.
If you would like to attend a live training session, please note the following:
All required fields in the registration form must be properly completed before
the SLD can make a decision on your request to participate in a session.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), the administrator of the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) and Rural Health Care Universal Service Support Mechanisms, to change USAC’s accounting methodology by October 1, 2004 to the same methodology that the Federal Government uses. Among other things, we were informed that this required USAC to change the rules that we use to account for various financial transactions, including funding commitments in those programs. The accounting changes were not intended to have any impact on the way in which we administer the programs themselves. View full article
SLD is pleased to announce that it will be providing a series of three 2-day live training sessions for service providers. Click the following link for more information, 2004 SP Training. This link can also be found under the Training and Outreach bar on SLD's home page.
Service providers will be required to pre-register and guarantee payment in advance. The Training Agenda and Presentations for the training sessions will be available in advance of the sessions on the 2004 Service Provider Training page. Attendees should print out hard copies of the training materials, because no hard copies will be provided at the workshops. Please submit your inquiries with respect to the SP training only by clicking here.
The SLD held a Train-the-Trainer workshop on September 27–29, 2004, in Arlington, Virginia. The presentations from this workshop have been posted to the "Train-the-Trainer" 2004 Workshop Presentations page in the Reference Area of this web site.
Drafts of applicant program forms were distributed at this workshop for reference purposes, and copies of those draft forms can also be accessed from this page. The Draft Form 470 and Draft Form 471 are the final drafts submitted for approval to the Office of Management and Budget; all other draft forms on this page are preliminary drafts that have been modified only by additions or changes to certifications that were mandated by the FCC’s Fifth Report and Order.
Content Last Modified: December 10, 2004
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