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FY 2013, Wave 1 Funding Announced
May 23, 2013

~ Letters to be Dated Next Week ~
~ List of Wave 1 Funded Applicants to be Released Tuesday ~

The SLD has just announced that the first wave of funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) for FY 2013 will be dated May 29. The average commitment nationwide in this wave is less than $11,000, with most of those applicants not receiving any contact from PIA this year. I would guess the larger applications won't be quite so lucky as to avoid a PIA review.

The actual list of schools and libraries included in Wave 1 will be sent to the listserve on Tuesday. As soon as Wave 1 awardees have been announced, it's important that the Form 486 be filed ASAP and that applicants notify their vendors to let them know they want their bills to be discounted. The Form 486 may be filed as soon as you see the announcement on Tuesday (presuming the Form 486 functionality has been enabled). I will send a separate message with detailed instructions on how to submit the Form 486.
If you are not included in Wave 1, do not worry. There will be 50+ funding waves and your commitment will be forthcoming. Please see the Wave FAQs below for more information.

FAQ's on Waves
* This wave only contains funding for priority one services -- telecommunications services and Internet access.
* If you disagree with a funding commitment decision, an appeal letter MUST be received at the SLD within 60 days of the date that is on the decision letter (not the letter's postmark date).
1. How will I be notified of my E-rate Funding Commitment?
The SLD will be sending out Funding Commitment Decision Letters to inform applicants of their E-rate discounts. These letters will be mailed in waves, rather than waiting for all applications to be fully processed before issuing any letters. Only those applicants who submitted complete requests within the "application window" will be receiving Funding Commitment Decision letters.
2. When will the first wave of letters be sent and how frequently will the waves of letters be sent?
A wave of letters will be mailed every week. As each wave is sent, the SLD will announce its size and post state-by-state information on their Web Site.
3. How will I know which wave my letter is in?
There is no definitive way to know in advance which wave a particular Funding Commitment Decision Letter might be in. The SLD will post information about each wave on their public Web Site the first business day after it has been mailed.
4. Will I receive only one Funding Commitment Decision Letter?
No, not necessarily. The SLD will issue Funding Commitment Decision Letters when decisions are made about any of the requests made in your application(s). If you submitted multiple Form 471 applications for services, you will receive more than one Funding Commitment Decision Letter.

-- Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
PA E-rate Coordinator

717-730-7133 - o
717-730-9060 - f

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