USAC Releases First Commitments for Funding Year 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2012

USAC Releases First Commitments for Funding Year 2012

in the Schools and Libraries Program

Record Commitment of $646 Million and Over 23,800 Applications

Washington, D.C. – The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will release

a record wave of funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) to Funding Year 2012

(FY 2012) school and library applicants on July 10, 2012. USAC will send over 23,800

letters committing $646 million in universal service support. The FCDLs will notify

applicants of funding commitments for Priority One services (telecommunications and

Internet access) for all discount bands from 20% to 90%.

Included in this first wave are Pimeria Alta Academy in Arizona, Moniteau County/Price

James Library in Missouri, Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District in

Michigan, and the West Point Public Schools in Virginia, the first applicants to

successfully file their FY 2012 applications. More applicants will receive funding

commitment decisions in this wave than any other wave in the program history. USAC

will issue waves of funding decisions each week until all decisions have been processed.

“We are pleased that so many deserving applicants will realize the benefits of E-rate in

this record breaking first wave of decisions,” stated Anne Campbell, Chair of the USAC

Schools & Libraries Committee.

On April 20, 2012, USAC reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

that $5.24 billion in requested funding has been estimated for schools and libraries

seeking discounts for FY 2012, an increase of $927 million from the prior year. This

estimate is based on the dollars requested in 46,838 applications received, or postmarked,

by March 20, 2012, the close of the Form 471 application filing window.

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About the Universal Service Administrative Company

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is an independent, not-forprofit

corporation created in 1997 to administer universal service programs and the

universal service fund. USAC collects FCC-mandated contributions from

telecommunications carriers and distributes funds across the four universal service

programs—High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries—

pursuant to the requirements of FCC rules. Universal service is the federal policy of

helping provide communities across the country with affordable telecommunications

services. For more information, please visit:

www.usac.org.