USAC will issue a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) to both the applicant and service provider, which includes details of funding commitments for the equipment and services requested. Applicants may order eligible equipment and services prior to the start of the relevant funding period, but the equipment and services can only be delivered, received, or paid for (except for certain prepaid monthly services or leasing arrangements that occurred prior to July 1, 2021 for first and second application filing window or July 1, 2022 for the third application filing window – please review the FCC’s FAQs 2.5, 2.5A, and 2.6) once the relevant funding period has started. Service providers can start providing services or delivering equipment before USAC has issued an FCDL, however, USAC will not issue an FCDL until its review is complete, and that review may result in requested funding being reduced or denied.
The relevant funding period for the first and second application filing windows ends on June 30, 2023. The relevant funding period for the third application filing window ends on December 31, 2023. Both recurring services (e.g., monthly internet service) and non-recurring services (e.g., delivery and installation of equipment) must be delivered on or before June 30, 2023 to be eligible for reimbursement for the first and second funding period. Both recurring services (e.g., monthly internet service) and non-recurring services (e.g., delivery and installation of equipment) must be delivered on or before December 31, 2023 to be eligible for reimbursement for the third funding period.