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FCC Issues FY18 471 Deadline Waivers

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.
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