In September 2010, the FCC Sixth Report and Order made a fundamental change to the way that funding requests in the Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections (BMIC) are administered.  At a high level, program rules have been shifted to favor “per-incident” maintenance contracts (where charges are incurred only when maintenance work is actually performed) over “coverage” contracts (where a fixed price is charged for maintenance, regardless of how much work is performed during the coverage period.)  This change has significant implications for many types of commercially available maintenance contracts, and may require changes to the way applicants plan and budget for maintenance work.

The following tip sheet may be helpful to applicants seeking discounts on Basic Maintenance services:

Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections Tips