USAC Provides Demand Estimate for Funding Year 2011 to FCC

On April 12, 2011, the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) reported to the Federal Communications Commission that $4.31 billion in requested funding has been estimated for schools and libraries seeking discounts for Funding Year 2011. This estimate is based on the dollars requested in 44,139 applications received or postmarked by March 24, 2011, the close of the Form 471 application filing window.

There are several factors that will reduce ultimately the funds requested from the estimated level. First, while efforts have been made to eliminate duplicate requests, inevitably we will discover more duplication as we process these applications. Second, USAC’s efforts to assure that funds are committed only for eligible services, for use by eligible entities with the appropriate discount rate, and are otherwise consistent with program rules, will further reduce the demand.

For detailed information, please refer to the FY2011 Demand Estimate