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 07/10/2015 - Survey Results and EPC

Hi everyone. Below you will find information on our recent survey and a new online tool being made available by USAC.

Survey Results

Thank-you to those that took a few minutes to respond to the survey. ADS will continue to keep the applicants perspective in front of the FCC, so please respond to future surveys.

As promised, ADS has taken the survey results and filed them with the FCC. Please note our reply comment at: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/confirm?confirmation=201576389419

Survey results can be found at: http://adsadsi.com/results.pdf

If you would like to see more details on the survey results, please contact me at dkettwich@adsadsi.com.


E-Rate Prodcutivity Center ("EPC")

EPC is the account and application management portal for the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. This system will eventually be the point of entry for all applicant, service provider, or consultant transactions. EPC will be where program participants complete and certify forms, obtain the status of their applications, submit requests, receive timely reminders and notifications, respond to PIA review questions, and ask program-related questions.

What You May Need To Do:

If you are the Authorized Person listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471 follow the instructions in USAC's Account Creation email (sent to you from admin@portal.usac.org). After you log in to the account as the account administrator, you can then designate another employee at your organization to be the account administrator if you wish to do so.

If you are the Contact Person listed on an FY2015 FCC Form 471 ask the authorized person to set up your account. The authorized person must follow the instructions in USAC's Account Creation email. After the authorized person logs in to the account as the account administrator, he or she can then set you up as a user.

It is important to note that EPC must be used by all applicants seeking to file Form 470s for FY 2016. We are working to setup ADS client access and will reach out to the primary of point contact concerning access to EPC. If you are not an ADS client, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions on EPC, or anything E-Rate. I am happy to assist.


 06/25/2015 - E-Rate News - Action Requested

We hope everyone is having a great summer. Below, you will find some information on current E-rate initiatives and activities. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. It is important to have the applicants voice heard!

Funding Year 2015

Congratulations on completing another successful school year! As the end of the funding year rapidly approaches ADS shall work to complete its year end audit. This is the time that we double check or in some case triple check everything. We will be looking to make sure everything is memorialized, from contracts to invoices and everything in between. We’ll work to submit the last round of BEAR forms for 2015 as invoices are collected and paperwork completed.

Funding Year 2016

As always, we stand ready to answer Program Integrity Assurance questions.

We are working to finalize 2016 statements of work and should have them issued to our client base in short order. If you are not a client and interested in seeing a sample of our statement of work, please ask.

We continue to create additional online tools. During the 2016 funding year you will see an interview setup and distributed to complete the 486 signoff on services. The interview will be very similar to how the 470 and 471 interviews work. Simply login in to mye-binder, review the interview and submit with your PIN. It’s nice to eliminate all of the packets and store all of the information online! Consensus seems to indicate the online scoring matrix was the biggest process improvement of last year.

Remember, the FCC released Public Notice (DA 15-615) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2016 Eligible Services List (ESL). Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before June 22, 2015. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before July 6, 2015. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice at http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0521/DA-15-615A1.pdf. If you have an opinion, please don’t hesitate to post a reply comment to the ADS Advanced Data Services, Inc. comment. Or if you prefer let us know your position and we’ll make sure to include your position in our upcoming reply comment.

Here is the link to the ADS comment on the FCC public notice:
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=60001073555


Anonymous Survey (please complete)

Summer is here and we hope you are enjoying it! I know many of you are working on substantial IT projects while the kids are away and E-Rate may be the last thing on your mind. But you have an opportunity to have your opinion heard concerning the direction of E-Rate. The proposed 2016 Eligible Services List is open for reply comment (link to notice below). If you look at the current comments you’ll note that very few were filed by applicants (our comment is attached to this E-mail). Our goal is to make the voice of the applicant heard and are making an attempt to gather information so that we may file a reply comment.

With your help, we can send a strong message about the direction of the E-Rate program.

We have created a 9 question anonymous survey (on surveymonkey.com) and will summarize the results in a formal response to the Public Notice. We ask that you take a few minutes (it is super fast to complete) and answer the survey about the E-Rate program and the impact it has had on your organization.

Here is the link to the Survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ADS_E-Rate


4th of July Holiday Schedule

ADS Advanced Data Services will close its offices on the 3rd of July and reopen them on the 6th of July. We all hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday Weekend!


 05/22/2015 - FCC Issues Public Notice on Draft ESL for FY2016
The FCC released Public Notice (DA 15-615) establishing the comment period for the Funding Year (FY) 2016 Eligible Services List (ESL). Comments on the draft ESL, which is attached to the Public Notice, are due to the FCC on or before June 22, 2015. Reply comments are due to the FCC on or before July 6, 2015. For information on filing comments with the FCC, please refer to the Public Notice at http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0521/DA-15-615A1.pdf.



 05/12/2015 - E-rate Program Applicant Trainings
Join USAC at an all-day Applicant Training for schools, libraries, and consortia that apply to the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Training will be at Washington, DC on Friday, October 2, 2015; Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, October 13, 2015; New Orleans, LA on Thursday, October 29, 2015; Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 ; Tampa, FL on Thursday, October 8, 2015; Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, October 20, 2015; Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, November 5, 2015 and Portland, OR on Monday, November 16, 2015. More information is available in the Trainings & Outreach section of the Schools and Libraries Program website.







 03/12/2015 - FY2015 Application Filing Window Deadline Extended
The new close date for the FY2015 filing window is April 16, 2015, at 11:59:59 PM EDT. In response to a reasonable request from the nation's largest school districts, USAC, in consultation with the FCC, has extended the FY2015 application filing window for three additional weeks. The application filing window will now close on April 16, 2015, instead of the original date of March 26, 2015. FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 PM EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015, to be considered in-window.


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