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Preparing for the Revised Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Payment Process

Preparing for the Revised Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Payment Process

Starting July 1, 2016, applicants who choose the BEAR payment method from USAC must complete and certify a revised FCC Form 472, Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) Form to request direct reimbursement of their discount amounts. To prepare for this new payment process, applicants must complete an FCC Form 498, Service Provider and Billed Entity Identification Number and Contact Information… Read more →

FCC Publishes Internet Access Cost Comparison

FCC Publishes Internet Access Cost Comparison

In a November 16, 2015 blog post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published median price data for 1GB transport and Internet access circuits on a state by state basis. With the stated intent of starting a “public dialog on the pricing data,” the Commission stated that they intend to publish a series of blogs regarding publicly available pricing data from Funding… Read more →

Commitments for Funding Year 2015

Commitments for Funding Year 2015

Funding Year 2015. USAC will release Funding Year (FY) 2015 Wave 26 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on November 20. This wave includes commitments for approved requests for all service types and at all discount levels. As of November 13, FY2015 commitments total over $2.51 billion. On the day the FCDLs are mailed, you can check to see if you have… Read more →

Phishing Attack on USAC E-mail Recipients

Phishing Attack on USAC E-mail Recipients

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) was the target of a phishing attack, which is the attempt to acquire sensitive information for malicious reasons. USAC is warning stakeholders that if an email was received from Leslie Frelow or John Noran with the subject “ITS help desk”, it should be deleted immediately. If the email is opened, do NOT click on… Read more →