ECF Portal Account
In order to apply for and receive Emergency Connectivity Fund Program funding, participants will need an ECF Portal account. Applicants and consultants participating in the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program will use this online portal to manage program processes.
To create your ECF Portal account, USAC will use your new or existing credentials for the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). EPC is the account and application management portal for the E-rate program. Applicants will have access to both EPC and the ECF Portal through One Portal, USAC’s multifactor authentication system.
USAC will automatically transfer your EPC account information to create an account in the ECF Portal.
EPC Account Information Needed For ECF Portal
If you are already an E-rate participant and have an account in EPC:
You will get access to the new ECF Portal with your existing EPC credentials. This includes your entity or company information and account management settings, such as account users and user permissions. USAC will update your ECF Portal account automatically if you make any user updates in your EPC account.
Applicants and service providers who will submit requests for reimbursement (FCC Form 472/474), will also need to register with the System for Awards Management (SAM.gov) if you haven’t already. You should check to ensure your SAM.gov registration has not expired or will not expire in the near future. Program participants can complete these registration steps before the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program application window opens. Please note that applicants whose service providers will file invoices for Program reimbursement on their behalf (SPI invoicing) are not required to register in SAM.gov.
If your entity or company has an EPC account, but you need to create a new user:
Your EPC account administrator can set up new users in EPC. Once your account administrator has added you as a new user on your entity or company account, USAC will send you a new user email with a link to reset your account password. After setting your account password, you will need to accept the EPC terms and conditions to complete the process of becoming a new user in EPC and the ECF Portal.
If you are not already an E-rate participant and do not have an existing account in EPC:
If you have never participated in the E-rate program and do not have existing credentials in EPC, you will need to:
- Obtain an FCC Registration Number and register with SAM.gov, if you are planning to submit requests for reimbursement (FCC Form 472/474). If you have already registered with both the FCC and SAM.gov, you should check to ensure your SAM.gov registration has not expired or will not expire in the near future. Emergency Connectivity Fund Program participants can complete these registration steps before the Program application window opens. Please note that applicants whose service providers will file invoices for Program reimbursement on their behalf (SPI invoicing) are not required to register in SAM.gov.
- Create an EPC account for your entity or company.
Managing Your ECF Portal Account
Once you have an ECF Portal account, you will be able to manage your ECF FCC Form 471 permissions and ECF Portal account administrator in the ECF Portal. Please note that when updating an Account Administrator in EPC, that information does not port over to the ECF Portal, they must be updated separately. Conversely, if you update the Account Administrator in the ECF Portal, it will not port over to EPC as well. Both EPC and ECF are able to have different Account Administrators. For updating the E-rate Account Administrator, please contact the CSB. For updating the ECF Portal Account Administrator, please contact the CSC.