May 4, 2012
TIP OF THE WEEK: You can use the View 471 Status tool to check the progress of your FCC Form 471. Information on using this tool and descriptions of form statuses can be found in the March 30 SL News Brief.
Save These Dates for Fall 2012 Applicant Training
Registration and hotel reservation information will be available within the next several weeks for the applicant training sessions to be held during fall 2012. For planning purposes, here are the cities and dates where training sessions will be held:
||Monday, October 1
||Tuesday, October 9
|Saint Louis, Missouri
||Tuesday, October 16
||Thursday, October 18
|Newark, New Jersey
||Tuesday, October 23
||Tuesday, October 30
||Thursday, November 1
|Los Angeles, California
||* Wednesday, November 7
* Note date change
Service Provider Training Update
The presentations for the service provider training sessions in Atlanta on May 10 and Los Angeles on May 15 have been posted to the Service Provider Training Resources page on the USAC website. If you are attending a training session, please download or print the presentations and bring them with you to the training.
May 9 Deadline for FY2012 Item 21 Attachments and FCC Form 471 Certifications
The May 9 deadline for submitting FY2012 Item 21 attachments and FCC Form 471 certifications is fast approaching. We have included information below for those applicants that have not completed one or both of these important steps in the FY2012 application process.
If you do not submit an Item 21 attachment on or before May 9, the Block 5 Funding Request Number (FRN) associated with that Item 21 attachment will be considered out-of-window. You can submit an Item 21 attachment online, by email, or by fax on or before May 9; you can also postmark a paper Item 21 attachment on or before May 9.
If you do not certify your FCC Form 471 on or before May 9, your form will be considered out-of-window. You can certify an FCC Form 471 online on or before May 9 if you have a PIN; you can also postmark a paper certification on or before May 9.
- ITEM 21 ATTACHMENTS
The Item 21 attachment contains a detailed description of the products and services you are requesting. You provide an attachment number in Item 21 of each FCC Form 471 Block 5 funding request that will correspond with your Item 21 attachment, and then you submit that Item 21 attachment separately from the application.
NOTE: You must provide an Item 21 attachment for EACH FRN on your FCC Form 471. Also, if you are filing your Item 21 attachment online, you MUST click on the Submit button on the last page for your Item 21 attachment to be considered submitted.
Following are some specific tips for Item 21 attachments for each of the four categories of service – Telecommunications Services, Internet Access, Internal Connections, and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. If you include the information suggested in the tips, your PIA reviewer will be able to more easily make determinations of the eligibility of the components of each of your funding requests. For details on each of these tips, refer to the February 24 SL News Brief and the Item 21 Attachments guidance document on the USAC website.
Provide the specific type(s) of service requested.
Provide the number of lines, including the number of extensions.
For digital transmission services, provide the bandwidth.
If you are submitting a copy of your bill as all or part of your Item 21 attachment:
Pick a bill that represents your typical monthly costs. One month is generally sufficient.
Make sure the dollar amount of the bill is typical of your monthly costs and supports your request.
Include the page(s) that detail any miscellaneous charges and/or credits.
Identify any ineligible charges.
For digital transmission circuit(s) for basic conduit access to the Internet, provide the bandwidth of the services you are requesting.
If you are requesting web hosting services, ask your service provider for a cost allocation and include it with your attachment.
Clearly identify the total cost of the service as well the percentage of the total cost for which you are seeking funding.
For all Internal Connections requests, provide the make and model number and the quantity of any equipment included in your funding request.
For bundled products, in addition to the make and model numbers, provide the SKU (stock-keeping unit, a unique identifying number assigned by a company to each of its products and/or services).
Equipment that can be used in both eligible and ineligible ways should have its function or functions clearly identified with an appropriate cost allocation.
If you are requesting discounts on equipment such as cabinets, racks, and UPSs, identify the equipment they are supporting.
If only eligible equipment will be supported or housed, you should state that and provide the make and model numbers of the eligible equipment.
If both eligible and ineligible equipment will be supported or housed, you should provide that information together with an appropriate cost allocation.
Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
Provide a list of all of the equipment being supported by the basic maintenance.
State the basic maintenance tasks that you estimate will be performed and the costs associated with those tasks.
If your basic maintenance contract includes both eligible and ineligible equipment, be sure you can provide a clearly identifiable price for the ineligible equipment.
Your service provider(s) can assist you with creating your Item 21 attachment. Your service provider may have specific details that USAC needs, which may include network diagrams, SKUs, or other information not readily available to you. Be sure also to share with your service provider a copy of the Item 21 attachment you submit to USAC.
Submitting your Item 21 attachment(s)
Here are your options for submitting your Item 21 attachment(s):
1. File online using the Item 21 Attachment button on the Apply Online page. You will need your Billed Entity Number, your application number, and your security code. (You cannot file your attachment online if you submitted your FCC Form 471 on paper.)
2. Attach your submission to an email message and email it to USAC.
3. Fax your submission to: (973) 599-6511.
4. Mail your submission to:
Form 471 - Item 21 Attachment
P.O. Box 7026
Lawrence, KS 66044-7026
5. Send your submission by delivery service to:
ATTN: Form 471 - Item 21 Attachment
3833 Greenway Drive
Lawrence, KS 66046
If you are using the View 471 Status tool to check your status, remember that the tool will only show the status of an FCC Form 471, not the status of each FRN on that form.
- FCC FORM 471 CERTIFICATIONS
To certify online, you must have a PIN and the security code for the FCC Form 471 you filed online:
Go to the Apply Online page
and click on the Certify Complete button in the Form 471 column.
Enter your application number and security code and click on Electronic Certification.
You will see your Block 6 certification page with the information you entered when you submitted your form online. You must enter your PIN and check the box to affirm that you understand that the use of your PIN is the same as your written signature.
When you click on the Done button at the bottom of the page, the system will return a CertID, a unique number that confirms your successful certification. We suggest that you click OK on the popup box and then print a copy of the resulting certification page, which will feature your CertID in the signature line as proof of your successful online certification.
To certify on paper:
After you successfully certify your FCC Form 471, the status of that form will change to "Certified - Out Of Window" on the View 471 Status tool. Once all of the paper certifications postmarked on or before May 9 have been processed, USAC will move all applications with timely filed certifications (both online and on paper) in-window.