Thursday, April 28, 2016

E-rate and BCN Update

Here are some updates on the E-rate program and the Badgernet Converged Network (BCN):

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) logo
USAC administers the E-rate program

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) recently announced that the form 471
deadline is extended for this year's E-rate applicants. The extension is a result of the challenges many applicants faced this year with the implementation of the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the technical issues during the launch. Based on input from applicants and stakeholders, USAC announced a two-part extension.

Part one of the extension extends the window for all applicants by four weeks with a new closing date of May 26, 2016. Part two of the extension extends the window for libraries and consortia until July 21, 2016. This additional extension is due to libraries and consortia unable to complete their application until their school district finalize their discount rates in EPC. The deadline extension will not delay application review or funding decisions for applicants that completed within the initial window.

More information on this announcement can be found in USAC's News Brief.


The Department of Administration (DOA) continues to work on a new BCN contract. The current BCN contract has been extended to December 31, 2017, which covers all of the upcoming July 1, 2016 year. However, if a library is a BCN site and needs more bandwidth than the current BadgerNet circuit provides, contact TEACH (who administers the BCN). In some cases TEACH may be able to increase the current bandwidth to a sufficient level. Make sure all options are considered by sending inquiries to TEACH . Along with this, it is recommended not to sign long term contracts to allow for more flexibility in the near future when better rates are available. TEACH contact information is available here.

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team