The Schools and Libraries Division has announced that it has modified its policies on filing appeals of SLD decisions in line with recent changes announced by the Federal Communications Commission to address mail and delivery problems in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In an announcement posted on its Web site, the SLD said that until further notice, applicants will have 60 days, instead of the current 30, to file appeals of SLD decisions on their applications or funding commitments. The change will become effective when it is formally published in the Federal Register and will apply until further notice to appeals that were due on or after Sept. 12, 2001.
Like the FCC, the SLD will begin accepting appeals that are filed by e-mail or by fax transmission. The SLD said applicants could file their appeals by e-mail to Appeals@sl.universalservice.org. Appeals filed by fax should be sent to 973-599-6542 with a cover letter indicating name, phone number and, if available, an e-mail address.
The SLD also said that applicants that had submitted appeals since Sept. 11, 2001 could refile them by electronic means within 30 days after the announcement is published in the Federal Register. These appeals must include an affidavit specifying when the original appeal was mailed and by what means.