Step 1 Competitive Bidding—Begin the process by requesting bids from service providers. Your RFP and Form 470 will be posted for 28 days minimum (the competitive bidding period), during which time service providers will send you pricing bids.
Step 2 Selecting Service Providers—After you close your competitive bidding process, you can evaluate the bids received and choose the bid that is the most cost-effective.
Step 3 Applying for Discounts—After you’ve chosen your provider, you’ll apply for funding using form 471. Make sure to submit during the specified filing window.
Step 4 Application Review—After you file and certify an FCC Form 471 within the filing window, Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviewers at USAC check the information on your form for completeness and accuracy and may have additional questions for you to answer.
Step 5 Starting Services—Submit form 486 after you’ve received your funding decision commitment letter (FDCL). Form 486 confirms that services have started and also allows you to certify to the Child Internet
Protection Act (CIPA).
Step 6 Invoicing—After USAC has processed your FCC Form 486, you or your service provider can begin the process of invoicing USAC for the discount share of the approved eligible services, using either SPI or