The Schools and Libraries Division has released figures giving some indication of the success rates of applicants that appealed
The Schools and Libraries Division has released figures giving some indication of the success rates of applicants that appealed an SLD decision to the SLD or to the Federal Communications Commission.
The SLD said that in the E-rate program's first year, it granted 528 of the 1,611 appeals it considered, for a success rate of 32.8 per cent. Of the 129 appeals that were pursued to the FCC, 21.7 percent, or 28 of them, have been granted.
In Year Two, the SLD said it has granted 587, or 27.2 percent, of the 2,155 appeals it received. The FCC has not yet granted any of the 42 Year Two appeals it has received. All of the figures provided were current as of May 11, 2000.
A review by Funds For Learning of 104 FCC appeals decisions posted on the FCC Web site through May 17, 2000, indicated that more than 44 percent of the appeals that were pursued to the FCC were dismissed simply because the applicant did not file its appeal within 30 days of receiving its funding commitment letter or the SLD's decision on its appeal. Another 15 appeals have been dismissed without prejudice because the SLD is still considering the same appeal from the applicant.