E-rate Important Hurricane Information and Deadlines

On Oct. 6, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) waived certain rules and deadlines as they apply to E-rate applicants in areas affected by recent hurricanes.
DA-17-984A1 (PDF) is the Order issued by the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau on Oct. 6, 2017, waiving certain rules and deadlines to assist school and libraries located in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

On Oct. 26, 2017, the FCC adopted an order (FCC 17-139) providing for additional relief for affected applicants. The order authorized a second 2017 filing window for districts affected, directly and indirectly, by the hurricanes.

Upcoming Deadlines:
Date Description

March 5, 2018

Last day of extended deadline to file appeals, FCC Forms 486, 473 and 474 for applicants in counties designated by FEMA as Major Disaster Areas eligible for individual assistance.

June 30, 2018

Deadline to request additional time to implement non-recurring special construction FY 2017 fund requests (applicant must file a valid FCC Form 500 certifying construction unavoidable delayed due to damage caused by Hurricanes).

September 30, 2018 

Implementation deadline for FY 2016 non-recurring services (other than special construction).

June 30, 2019

Deadline to implement non-recurring special construction and light new fiber for FY funding requests.

All documents filed for the Second FY2017 Application Window must include “H2017” in the form nickname.

A webinar recording, hosted by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is available with additional information concerning the hurricane relief orders.  The webinar explains who is eligible, how and when to file a Form 470 and 471, how Category 2 budgets are reset, and other important information applicable to directly and indirectly impacted schools.  To listen to the webinar, you will need to register and then logon to access the recording, slides, and resources.