JSI provides guidance for clients on this new information request

On Monday, USAC asked E-rate providers to update their companies’ business types and D-U-N-S Numbers on their FCC Form 498 in USAC’s E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). We’ve received several questions from client companies about this information request in the last few days. This e-Lert provides JSI’s guidance as to how clients should respond to USAC’s inquiry.

According to the instructions provided in USAC’s email, E-rate providers can select up to three business types that best describe their companies. Among the selections are “small business,” which is defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as those companies with 250 –  1,500 employees, depending upon various factors. Based on the SBA definition, we believe that most, if not all, JSI clients should be able to select “small business” as their business type. Cooperatives also could select “Nonprofit” as one of their three business types.

USAC also would like each company’s Dun & Bradstreet D‑U‑N‑S Number. This is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. If you don’t know your company’s D-U-N-S Number, you can look it up online.

If you have questions about E-rate or would like additional guidance on this new requirement, please contact Terri DeLong in JSI’s Texas office at 512-338-0473.