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FCC Releases May Appeal Decisions

On May 29, 2015, the FCC released several appeal decisions related to the E-rate program. The FCC granted 40 appeals and waivers, while denying 11 appeals.
Successful appeals and waiver requests dealt with the following issues:
  • Allowing deduction of ineligible costs
  • Eligible services
  • Granting additional time to respond to usac’s request for information
  • Granting late filed service implementation deadline extension requests
  • Late filed FCC Form 471 application filed within 14 days of close of the window
  • Record demonstrates equipment delivered within funding year
  • Ministerial and/or clerical errors
  • Providing applicants 15 days to submit supporting discount calculation documentation

Appeals were denied regarding the following issues:

  • Ineligible entities
  • Intentional cancellation of funding
  • Late filed form 471 applications
  • Relying on an FCC Form 470 that did not seek bids on types of E-rate services later requested
  • Untimely filed request for review

The FCC appeal decisions can be viewed here.

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