COVID-19 impacts rules and deadlines
The COVID-19 pandemic permeated every aspect of life in 2020, and the E-rate program was no exception. An extended filing window, a second filing window, and FCC waivers helped applicants navigate uncharted waters.
E-rate program remains strong
Despite applicants and service providers being disrupted by the pandemic, E-rate funding requests increased for the third Funding Year in a row. USAC processed applications faster than ever before, and disbursed over $1 billion in FY2019 funds by June 30, 2020.
FCC streamlines program administration
Key FCC Orders issued throughout the year clarify rules, streamline processes, and strengthened program administration.