On April 30, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released appeal decisions related to requests for review, requests for waiver, and petitions for reconsideration of E-rate beneficiaries. The FCC granted 201 applicant appeals who missed the FY2018 deadline but was still within 14 days of the filing window. The FCC dismissed 8 appeals, granted 210, and denied 18 appeals on various grounds. The SLD has 90 days to review the successful appeals.  
Successful appeals were tied to the following issues:
  • Late-Filed FCC Form 471 Applications Filed within 14 Days of the Close of the Window
  • Ministerial and/or clerical error
  • No Competitive Bidding Violation
  • Price is the Primary Factor
  • Service Delivery Deadline Error
  • Waiver of Appeal – Filing Deadline
  • The FCC partially granted an appeal based on the Waiver of Price as Primary Factor Requirement When Applicant Selected Lowest-Price Offering
Denials were issued for appeals for these following issues:
  • Applicant Discount Rate Does Not Support Voice Services
  • Invoice Deadline Extension Requests
  • Late Filed Form 471 Applications
  • Seeking support for Services Not Covered by the Applicant’s Competitive Bidding Process
  • Untimely-Filed Appeals or Waiver Requests
The FCC Appeal Decisions can be viewed here.