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FCC Releases July Appeal Decisions

On July 29, 2016, , the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released several appeal decisions related to the requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration of E-rate beneficiaries. The FCC granted or partially granted 24 requests and petitions and denied or dismissed 37 appeals on various grounds.

Successful appeals were tied to:

Eligible Services

Granting Additional Time to Respond to USAC’s Request for Information

Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Certifications

Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications – Circumstances Beyond Applicant’s Control

Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications – Filed Within 14 Days of the Close of the Window

Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications – Unexpected Serious Illness or Death

Ministerial and/or Clerical Error – FCC Form 471

Service Substitution

Signed Contract Requirement

Allowing Deduction of Ineligible Cost

Appeals involving the below issues were denied:

Eligible Services

FCC Form 470 with Inadequate Specificity and No Indication of Request for Proposal (RFP) on Services Being Sought

Invoice Deadline Extension Request

Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications

Untimely-Filed Request for Review

The July Streamlined Appeal Decisions can be viewed here.

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