The FCC Form 470
What It Is
The Form 470 is a request for products and/or services that opens a competitive bidding process
- Identifies and describes desired categories of service and the function of the services
- Describes the scope of your needs
- Notifies potential bidders of the types and quantities of services that you need
When It Can Be Filed
The following timing constraints are applicable to the Form 470:
- The Form 470 for the upcoming funding year is generally available a year before the start of the funding year.
- The Form 470 can be filed for a particular funding year as soon as it becomes available online.
- If you are applying for month-to-month services, you must file a Form 470 every year.
- If you want to sign a new contract, you must file a new Form 470.
- If you have a contract that expires before the end of the funding year, you must file a new Form 470 to open a competitive bidding process for any services that would be provided during the part of the funding year not covered by that expired contract.
- If you have a multi-year contract in place as a result of a competitive bidding process that includes ALL of the application funding year AND you already filed a Form 470 in a previous year establishing this contract, it is not necessary to post a new Form 470 until a new contract is required. You will, however, have to file a Form 471 in order to receive funding.
The Filing Process
The following steps must be completed:
- The applicant submits and certifies a completed FCC Form 470 using their EPC account, and may also issue a Request for Proposals
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- USAC posts the form on their website and in EPC, opening a 28 day competitive bidding process to service providers
- After the form is posted, USAC adds an FCC Form 470 Receipt Notification Letter (RNL) to the applicant's EPC account, which indicates the allowable contract date
- The applicant receives bids from service providers
- The applicant waits at least 28 days after the date the FCC Form 470 was posted and the date the RFP was issued (if applicable), whichever is later
- The applicant holds an open and fair competitive bidding process, during which time bids are evaluated
- The applicant selects the most cost-effective provider
- On or after the allowable contract date, the applicant signs a contract, which may be for one or more years and may include the option of voluntary extensions
What to Save For Documentation
Save the following documentation:
- A copy of the completed Form 470
- FCC Form 470 Receipt Notification Letter
- The RFP (if one is issued)
- A copy of every bid received (winning and losing)
- A copy of all correspondence with bidders
- A completed, dated bid evaluation document and any documentation supporting how you selected the winning bid
- The signed contract