Release Notes

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2020 Release Notes

Release Date - August 13, 2020

New Dataset & Tool (Chart)
The E-rate C2 Budget Tool FY2021+ is designed to assist applicants in determining their C2 budgets for each five-year cycle beginning with the first budget cycle, which starts in FY2021 and ends in FY2025. This tool and data set provides information about applicants’ C2 budgets based on the most recent entity profile and commitment data available, but does not capture all data points that may be relevant for determining an applicant’s actual available C2 budget at a certain point in time during each five-year cycle, such as pending appeals and FCC Forms 500. It should therefore be used for informational purposes only.

Release Date - August 12, 2020

USAC modified this data set to ensure each service request is listed when there are duplicate records in a given FCC Form 470.  Prior to this change the dataset listed unique service requests and did not show multiple duplicate service requests enter by an applicant on their FCC Form 470.

Release Date – August 6, 2020

The following Fund Types have been added:

Uniendo a Puerto Rico Fund Mobile (PR Mobile)
Connect USVI Fund mobile support (USVI Mobile)

Uniendo a Puerto Rico Fund Mobile data is identified as "PR Mobile", while Connect USVI Fund mobile support  is identified as "USVI Mobile". The "High Cost Disbursement Fund Type Glossary" file has been updated to reflect the 2 new funds.

Release Date - July 23, 2020

The CAF Map Release 3.0 dataset displays the locations where carriers that receive CAF support had built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service based on data certified as of December 31, 2019 deployment in High Cost Universal Broadband (HUBB) portal. Release 3.0 includes data from two additional funds – ACAM II and CAF Phase II Auction – bringing the total number of funds in the dataset to seven.

Please note that: 

1) ACAM locations currently in the dataset include locations funded by both the original ACAM program and Revised ACAM. Deployment obligation tracking still reflects the original ACAM program and is not yet updated to reflect Revised ACAM obligations.
2) Not all existing ACAM II locations are in the dataset yet since ACAM II carriers have until March 2021 to report pre-2019 deployment.
3) Some existing ACAM II locations deployed before 2019 currently show up as CAF-BLS locations since USAC is still migrating those locations to ACAM II.
4) Many existing CAF II Auction locations are not in the dataset yet since CAF II Auction carriers are not required to start filing deployment data with USAC until March 2021.
5) Deployment milestone tracking for Revised ACAM, ACAM II and CAF II Auction is not yet available.

Release Date - July 1, 2020

New Dataset
This dataset displays rates of eligible services under the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program for FY2021. The rates in the dataset are collected from several data sources such as Funding Request Forms (FCC Form 466, (Telecom Program), FCC Form 462 (Health Care Connect Fund (HCF)), FCC Form 471 (E-Rate), Tariff, and other approved sources by the FCC. The dataset can be used in calculating median rural and urban rates that can be entered into the FCC Form 466 application for the Telecom Program.

All information within the FCC Forms 462, 466, and 471 data collection is self-reported by applicants.

Release Date - January 16, 2020

New Dataset
The Rural Health Care Posted Services (FCC Form 461/465) dataset is now available. This dataset contains data allowing service providers to view service request information provided by individual Health Care Providers (HCPs) and consortia applying for funding through the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. The data is collected from the FCC Forms 461 and 465, which includes the service request information.

All data contained within the FCC Form 461 (Request for Services Form, Health Care Connect Fund (HCF) program) and 465 (Description of Services Requested & Certification Form, Telecommunications program) is self-reported by applicants to RHC.