On August 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 22 requests and petitions. However, 28 appeals were denied or dismissed on various grounds.

Successful appeals were tied to:

  • 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
  • Signed Contract Requirement
  • Waiver of Appeal Filing Deadline

Denied appeals were tied to:

  • Cost-Effectiveness Requirements for Individual Data Plans and Air Cards
  • Improper Service Provider Involvement in FCC Form 470
  • Invoice Deadline Extension Requests
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications
  • Service Implementation Delay
  • Untimely-Filed Request for Review

The FCC Appeal Decisions can be viewed here.