On August 3rd, the SLD notified 529 applicants about the status of their 2005 funding requests. The SLD is continuing to issue funding waves on a weekly basis and has not yet started funding internal connections request. The total committed for 2005 is $458,557,351.
The SLD, however, continues to deny internal connection requests for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons for denying internal connections has been the 30% rule. This states that if 30% or more of a funding request is for an ineligible service or product the whole funding request will be denied. It is important that only eligible products and services are requested for universal service support. Further information on this rule can be found at the SLD website at https://www.usac.org/e-rate/applicant-process/application-review/the-30-rule/.
The SLD also denied an applicant in this funding wave close to $890,000 because their "….technology plan provided was deficient because one or more FCC-required elements was not included…..a complete technology plan is needed if seeking discounts for non-basic service" The SLD has guidance posted at https://www.usac.org/_res/documents/sl/pdf/tools/USAC-SL-Technology-Planning.pdf which lists what criteria the SLD is looking for.
The view the full 2005 Wave 6 funding wave report E-rate Manager Wave Reports.