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SPIN Changes

In certain situations, applicants and service providers can request a change of the Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN). A SPIN change may either be a corrective SPIN change or an operational SPIN change.

To submit a SPIN change request, the request must clearly identify whether it is a corrective SPIN change or an operational SPIN change. Additionally, in situations where the original service provider (as indicated on the FCC Form 486) has gone out of business or has filed for bankruptcy protection before processing BEAR payment(s) for applicants, USAC may now assist applicants in obtaining such BEAR payments through a "Good Samaritan" service provider.

Applicants who file SPIN change requests must still comply with the deadlines for FCC Form 486.

Corrective SPIN Change

A corrective SPIN change is a notification to USAC that the SPIN associated with a Funding Request Number (FRN) is not correct. This occurs when (1) either the applicant or USAC made a data entry error or (2) a change occurred that was not initiated by the applicant. Corrective SPIN changes include the following:

  • Data entry errors made by the applicant or USAC when the FCC Form 471 was submitted on paper or by the applicant when the FCC Form 471 was submitted online. This includes entering the wrong SPIN on the FCC Form 471 because you entered the SPIN for another provider or entering the wrong SPIN because your provider has multiple SPINs and you chose the wrong one.
  • The original service provider has merged with, or been acquired by, another company and the SPIN indicated on the FRN has changed.
  • Other instances when the SPIN indicated on the FCC Form 471 changed when such change was not initiated by the applicant.

If you need to make this change, we have more detailed information on our website about making a corrective SPIN change.

Corrective SPIN change requests must be postmarked or received no earlier than the date of your Receipt Acknowledgment Letter (RAL) unless you have been contacted by USAC for clarification about this application, and postmarked or received no later than the last date to submit an invoice.

Operational SPIN Change

An operational SPIN change is a request to change the service provider associated with an FRN. The change in service providers is the result of a deliberate decision by the applicant to change the service provider supplying the services for an FRN.

Operational SPIN changes must be postmarked or received no earlier than the date of your Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) and postmarked or received no later than the last date to submit an invoice. Note that USAC will not process requests for pre-commitment operational SPIN changes.

If you need to make this change, we have more detailed information on our website about making an operational SPIN change.