2019 Release Notes

This page is designed to communicate all major dataset and platform fixes, enhancements, and known issues/problems that USAC has addressed based on valuable USAC Open Data community user feedback. If you encounter any issues and problems please email us at opendata@usac.org

Release Date – September 25, 2019

The following Fund Types have been added:

Connect America Fund Phase II Auction (CAF II Auction)
Alternate Connect America Cost Model II (ACAM II)

CAF II Auction inside of the data is identified as "CAFII AUC", while ACAM II is identified as "ACAM_II".
The "High Cost Disbursement Fund Type Glossary.pdf" file has been updated to reflect the 2 new funds.

Release Date – August 10, 2019

The field Pending Reason has been updated for pending FCC Form 471s so it reflects the latest pending reason from EPC.

Release Date - July 05, 2019

New Dataset
The Rural Health Care Commitments and Disbursements (FCC Form 462/466/466A) dataset is now available. This dataset contains data about funding decisions, total committed amounts, and total disbursement amounts for the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. The data is collected from the FCC Form 462 (Funding Request Form, Health Care Connect Fund (HCF)), FCC Form 466 (Funding Request and Certification Form, Telecommunications program) and FCC Form 466A (Internet Service Funding Request and Certification Form, Telecommunications program). All information within the FCC Forms 462, 466, and 466A data collection is self-reported by applicants.

Release Date - April 11, 2019

CAF Map Release 2.0 displays the locations where carriers that receive CAF support had built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service as of December 31, 2018, as certified by carriers by March 6, 2019. Release 2.0 of the map includes data from one additional fund – Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE) – bringing the total number of funds in the map to five.

Release Date - March 13, 2019

The following field have been added to the E-rate Request for Discount on Services: FRN Status dataset. 
          Service Delivery Deadline -  Services must be installed or product must be delivered on or before this date.
The E-rate Request for Discount on Services: FRN Status dataset now displays FCC Form 486 Status as 'Approved' or 'Partially Approved'.
          Approved: FCC Form 486 and FRN is approved so invoicing may begin.
          Partially Approved: FCC Form 486 and FRN is partially approved so invoicing may begin for those FRNs approved.

Release Date - January 15, 2019

Updated the Companies Near Me dataset to reflect recent enhancements within the Companies Near Me tool to include City and County information. 

Release Date - January 11, 2019

Updated the E-Rate Request for Discount on Services: Connectivity Information dataset to reflect recent changes to FCC Form 471 for FY2019 and forward. The dataset does not display the connectivity information for Original (Certified) and Current versions of the FCC Form 471 for FY2019 and forward since this data has been removed from FCC form. The dataset continues to display the connectivity information for FY2018 and prior.

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